Definition of cherimoya in English:


Line breaks: cheri|moya
Pronunciation: /ˌtʃɛrɪˈmɔɪə
(also chirimoya)


  • 1A kind of custard apple with scaly green skin and a flavour resembling that of pineapple.
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    • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade attachment, combine the cherimoya, lime juice, and panela and purée until smooth and the sugar is dissolved, about 45 seconds.
    • Both atemoya, grown in Florida, and cherimoya, grown in California, have green, leathery skins with either scales or a notched, medallion-like design.
    • Initially, they were investigating fruits that appear frequently in the flavours of wines grown in warmer climates, but cherimoya, melon, papaya, passionfruit and banana all proved incompatible with Vitis vinifera.
  • 2The small tree which bears the cherimoya fruit, native to the Andes of Peru and Ecuador.
    • Annona cherimola, family Annonaceae


mid 18th century: from Spanish, from Quechua, from chiri 'cold or refreshing' + muya 'circle'.

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