Definition of pawpaw in English:


Syllabification: paw·paw
Pronunciation: /ˈpôpô
(also papaw /pəˈpô, ˈpôpô/)


  • 1 another term for papaya.
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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