Definition of sapodilla in English:


Syllabification: sap·o·dil·la
Pronunciation: /ˌsapəˈdilə


  • 1A large, evergreen, tropical American tree that has edible fruit and hard, durable wood and yields chicle.
    • Manilkara zapota, family Sapotaceae
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    • All the sculptures on display are made of wood of different types: jackfruit wood, sapodilla wood, longan wood and the durable teakwood.
    • The house, erected across four thick branches of a towering sapodilla tree is hidden among its lush, green leaves.
    • The genus Madhuca belongs to the same family as the sapodilla, and some species have edible, although poor, fruits.
  • 1.1 (also sapodilla plum) The sweet, brownish, bristly fruit of the sapodilla tree.
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    • If you are growing custard apples, bananas, sapodillas and carambolas, they could all do with a dressing of citrus and fruit tree fertiliser spread evenly around under the leaf canopy.
    • There are zapotes, the sapodilla plums from which the Aztecs and others derived their word for the Zapotecs (a people properly known, in their own language, as the ‘Biniza’).
    • Firm sapodillas are unripe and guarantee a nasty, tongue-curling experience for the eater due to a high tannin content.


late 17th century: from Spanish zapotillo, diminutive of zapote, from Nahuatl tzápotl.

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