Pawpaw definition

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Any of various deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Asimina of the eastern and southeast United States, especially A. triloba, having maroon flowers with three sepals and six petals and fleshy, yellowish-green, edible fruit.
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The fruit of any of these plants.
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Any of several types of trees having edible fruit:
  • Asimina, the pawpaw genus, a genus of trees and shrubs native to eastern North America, especially common pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
  • Papaya or pawpaw (Carica papaya), a widely cultivated tropical fruit tree.
  • Mountain pawpaw (Vasconcellea pubescens), a fruit tree native to South America.
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The fruit of these trees.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of pawpaw - paw paw

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pawpaw
Plural:
pawpaws

Origin of pawpaw

  • Originally a variant of papaya

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Portuguese and Spanish papaya from Galibi Carib; the reason for the change in spelling is unknown.

    From Wiktionary