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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Papaw \Pa*paw"\, noun [Prob. from the native name in the West Indies; cf. Sp. papayo papaw, papaya the fruit of the papaw.] [Written also {pawpaw}.]

1. (Bot.) Same as {papaya}, senses 1 and 2. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. (Bot.) A tree of the genus {Asimina} ({Asimina triloba}), growing in the western and southern parts of the United States, and producing a sweet edible fruit; also, the fruit itself. --Gray.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

papaya \pa*pa"ya\, noun [Prob. from the native name in the West Indies; cf. Sp. papayo papaw, papaya the fruit of the papaw.]

1. (Bot.) A tree ({Carica Papaya}) of tropical America, belonging to the order {Passiflore[ae]}; called also {papaw} and {pawpaw}. It has a soft, spongy stem, eighteen or twenty feet high, crowned with a tuft of large, long-stalked, palmately lobed leaves. The milky juice of the plant is said to have the property of making meat tender. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The fruit of the papaya tree; it is a dull orange-colored, melon-shaped fruit, which is eaten both raw and cooked or pickled. The fruit contains {papain}, a protease. [1913 Webster + PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

papaw

noun

1: small tree native to the eastern United States having oblong leaves and fleshy fruit [syn: {pawpaw}, {papaw}, {papaw tree}, {Asimina triloba}]

2: fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples [syn: {papaw}, {pawpaw}]


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