1A large, fleshy, tropical fruit with a sweet yellow pulp. See also cherimoya and sweetsop.
- The racks on the footpath, even now, display almost all fruits, from pear to custard apple to grapes.
- For fruit fanciers, there were two new varieties, a ‘compact canopy, cluster bearing’ sapota, suitable for dry flakes production, and a drought-tolerant custard apple.
- The fruit is generally regarded as having the best claim to the name custard apple, and this name would have priority if it were not applied in a confusing way to several other species.
2The tree that bears the custard apple, native to Central and South America.
- Genus Annona, family Annonaceae: several species.
- The sitaphal might evoke associations with the consort of Ram but knowledge that the custard apple was brought into India by the Portugese from South America should put pay to any such assumptions!
- For example, heat generation has turned up in certain plants of these ancient lineages of flowering plants: the magnolias, Dutchman's pipes, star anises, custard apples, and water lilies.
- Dad's farm was about twenty five acres on which he grew things like custard apples and paw-paws and carrots.
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Syllabification: cus·tard ap·ple
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