designating a family (Annonaceae, order Magnoliales) of dicotyledonous tropical trees and shrubs including the papaw, sweetsop, and soursop
Origin of custard-apple; from custard, with references to the flavor and color
- any of a genus (esp. Annona reticulata) of small trees of this family, grown for their large, edible, heart-shaped fruitsalso custard apple
- the fruit
- Any of several tropical American trees of the genus Annona, especially A. reticulata, having large, nearly heart-shaped edible fruits with white to yellowish flesh.
- The fruit of any of these trees. In both senses also called bullock's heart.
Origin of custard appleSo called because its pulp resembles custard.
(plural custard apples)
- The soursop (fruit and tree)
- The sugar apple, Annona squamosa, a related fruit.