from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An anonaceous genus of shrubs of the Atlantic and Gulf States, including half a dozen species.

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  • noun US, dated The pawpaw (Asimina triloba), a fruit-bearing plant.

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  • noun pawpaw


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From an Algonquian word *assimin or *rassimin (the second element of which is -min, "berry, fruit"), via Cajun French assiminier.


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  • Trees that transplant with difficulty, as the papaw or asimina, and some nut trees, may be prepared for removal by cutting some of their roots -- and especially the tap-root, if they have such -- a year or two in advance.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition) 1906

  • They were the fruits of the _jocuistle_, a species of _asimina_, whose juice is an infallible remedy against the effects of intoxication.

    Wood Rangers The Trappers of Sonora Mayne Reid 1850

  • (_asimina triloba_), and now returned, bringing their spoil with them.

    Bruin The Grand Bear Hunt Mayne Reid 1850


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