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papaw (n.)

1620s, variant of papaya (q.v.), used from 1760 to designate the papaw tree.

updated on September 16, 2012

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Definitions of papaw from WordNet

papaw (n.)
small tree native to the eastern United States having oblong leaves and fleshy fruit;
Synonyms: pawpaw / papaw tree / Asimina triloba
papaw (n.)
fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples;
Synonyms: pawpaw
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