papaw

papaw
/paw"paw, peuh paw"/, n.
pawpaw.

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Deciduous tree or shrub (Asimina triloba) of the custard apple family, native to the eastern and midwestern U.S. It can grow to 40 ft (12 m) tall and has pointed, broadly oblong, drooping leaves up to 12 in.

(30 cm) long. The purple flowers bloom with a foul odour before the leaves emerge in spring. The edible fruit looks like a stubby banana; its skin turns black as it ripens. Handling papaw fruits produces a skin reaction in allergic individuals. The name is also sometimes applied to the papaya.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Papaw — Pa*paw , n. [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}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • papaw — 1620s, variant of PAPAYA (Cf. papaya) (q.v.), used from 1760 to designate the papaw tree …   Etymology dictionary

  • Papaw — Papaw, Papayazīn, Papayotīn, s. Papain …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • papaw — [pə pô′, pô′pô΄] n. [< PAPAYA] 1. PAPAYA E044 2. a) a tree (Asimina triloba) of the custard apple family, growing in the central and S U.S. and having an oblong, yellowish, edible fruit with many seeds b) its fruit …   English World dictionary

  • papaw — papaya pa*pa ya, n. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • papaw — var. of PAWPAW. * * * papaw see pawpaw …   Useful english dictionary

  • papaw — variant of pawpaw …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • papaw — noun A tree, Carica papaya, of tropical America, belonging to the order Passifloreae producing dull orange colored, melon shaped fruit …   Wiktionary

  • papaw — See papaya. * * * pa·paw or paw·paw n 1) pə pȯ PAPAYA 2) päp (.)ȯ, pȯp a No. American tree (Asimina triloba of the family Annonaceae) with purple flowers and a yellow edible fruit also its fruit * * * pa·paw (pawґpaw) Carica papaya. 2. papaya… …   Medical dictionary

  • papaw — pɔːpɔː n. type of tropical fruit …   English contemporary dictionary

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