sa·​po·​te sə-ˈpō-tē How to pronounce sapote (audio)
: any of several roundish or ovoid sweet soft-fleshed fruits of Mexican and Central American trees: such as
: the green- or yellow-skinned fruit of a tree (Casimiroa edulis) of the rue family with white or yellow flesh
: the green-skinned fruit of a persimmon (Diospyros digyna) with brown or blackish flesh
: the coarse brown-skinned fruit of a tree (Pouteria sapota synonym Calocarpum sapota) of the sapodilla family with orange or reddish flesh

Examples of sapote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paw Paws, sapote, and goji made appearances along with recognizable mango, jackfruit, and papaya. Sunset Magazine, 27 Sep. 2023 Black sapote — There’s a beautiful, opaque off-black color to this paleta, which has a subtle flavor that evokes a persimmon custard. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 From white sapote requested by customers from New Zealand to the new restaurants coming soon, Saraga will keep bringing people from all over the world together, one product at a time. Serena Puang, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Aug. 2021 Do not bring fruit or cuttings (scions) from any citrus or citrus relatives such as finger limes, Buddha’s hand, curry leaf or sapote to avoid transmission of huanglongbing (citrus greening disease) spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2020

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Word History


Spanish zapote sapodilla fruit

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sapote was in 1572

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“Sapote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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