papaw
papaya pa*pa"ya, n. [Prob. from the native name in the West Indies; cf. Sp. papayo papaw, papaya the fruit of the papaw.] 1. (Bot.) A tree ({Carica Papaya}) of tropical America, belonging to the order {Passiflore[ae]}; called also {papaw} and {pawpaw}. It has a soft, spongy stem, eighteen or twenty feet high, crowned with a tuft of large, long-stalked, palmately lobed leaves. The milky juice of the plant is said to have the property of making meat tender. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The fruit of the papaya tree; it is a dull orange-colored, melon-shaped fruit, which is eaten both raw and cooked or pickled. The fruit contains {papain}, a protease. [1913 Webster + PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Papaw — Pa*paw , n. [Prob. from the native name in the West Indies; cf. Sp. papayo papaw, papaya the fruit of the papaw.] [Written also {pawpaw}.] 1. (Bot.) Same as {papaya}, senses 1 and 2. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. (Bot.) A tree of the genus {Asimina}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • papaw — 1620s, variant of PAPAYA (Cf. papaya) (q.v.), used from 1760 to designate the papaw tree …   Etymology dictionary

  • Papaw — Papaw, Papayazīn, Papayotīn, s. Papain …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • papaw — [pə pô′, pô′pô΄] n. [< PAPAYA] 1. PAPAYA E044 2. a) a tree (Asimina triloba) of the custard apple family, growing in the central and S U.S. and having an oblong, yellowish, edible fruit with many seeds b) its fruit …   English World dictionary

  • papaw — /paw paw, peuh paw /, n. pawpaw. * * * or pawpaw Deciduous tree or shrub (Asimina triloba) of the custard apple family, native to the eastern and midwestern U.S. It can grow to 40 ft (12 m) tall and has pointed, broadly oblong, drooping leaves up …   Universalium

  • papaw — var. of PAWPAW. * * * papaw see pawpaw …   Useful english dictionary

  • papaw — variant of pawpaw …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • papaw — noun A tree, Carica papaya, of tropical America, belonging to the order Passifloreae producing dull orange colored, melon shaped fruit …   Wiktionary

  • papaw — See papaya. * * * pa·paw or paw·paw n 1) pə pȯ PAPAYA 2) päp (.)ȯ, pȯp a No. American tree (Asimina triloba of the family Annonaceae) with purple flowers and a yellow edible fruit also its fruit * * * pa·paw (pawґpaw) Carica papaya. 2. papaya… …   Medical dictionary

  • papaw — pɔːpɔː n. type of tropical fruit …   English contemporary dictionary

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