Definition of pawpaw in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpôpô/
(also papaw /pəˈpô/ /ˈpôpô/)


1 another term for papaya.
Example sentences
  • If pawpaw is too highly priced people tend to go for something similar like rock melon which is much cheaper.
  • As well as that, pawpaws have been commercially planted on Rarotonga for over 30 years.
  • Ugandans grow some fruits, such as oranges, papaws, lemons, and pineapple, and these often serve as between-meal snacks.
2 (also pawpaw tree) A North American tree of the custard apple family, with purple flowers and edible oblong yellow fruit with sweet pulp.
  • Asimina triloba, family Annonaceae.
Example sentences
  • So far they have planted lettuce, cabbage, mustard, beetroot and pawpaw trees.
  • In a nearby field his tomb is a threshing floor bordered by pawpaw trees, sugar cane, sweet potato runners.
  • The abundance of pawpaw trees, whose fruit tastes like banana custard, amplifies the tropical effect.
2.1The fruit of the pawpaw tree.
Example sentences
  • The true pawpaw, also known as a prairie banana (not to be confused with the tummy banana), is a fruit native to North America.
  • All I remember being fed there is lychees and monkey-bananas, and cool slices of pawpaw.


Early 17th century: from Spanish and Portuguese papaya, of Carib origin. The change in spelling is unexplained.

Words that rhyme with pawpaw


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Syllabification: paw·paw

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