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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deciduous tree (Asimina triloba) of the eastern and southeast United States, having flowers with three sepals, three petals, and numerous stamens and fleshy, edible fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this tree.
  • n. See papaya.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tree, Carica papaya, of tropical America, belonging to the order Passifloreae and producing dull orange-colored, melon-shaped fruit.
  • n. grandfather, especially paternal grandfather
  • n. father

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as papaya, senses 1 and 2.
  • n. A tree of the genus Asimina (Asimina triloba), growing in the western and southern parts of the United States, and producing a sweet edible fruit; also, the fruit itself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tree Carica Papaya, or its fruit.
  • n. The tree Asimina triloba, or its fruit, native in the United States.
  • n. A bushwhacker: with reference to the subsistence or possible subsistence of bushwhackers on the fruit of the papaw.
  • n. Also written pawpaw.
  • n. A slave from Dahome. [West Indies.]

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples
  • n. small tree native to the eastern United States having oblong leaves and fleshy fruit

Etymologies

Ultimately from Spanish and obsolete Portuguese papaya, papaya; see papaya.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From papaya (Wiktionary)
Related to papa. (Wiktionary)

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