Definition of Papaw

1. Noun. Small tree native to the eastern United States having oblong leaves and fleshy fruit.

Exact synonyms: Asimina Triloba, Papaw Tree, Pawpaw
Terms within: Pawpaw
Generic synonyms: Custard Apple, Custard Apple Tree
Group relationships: Asimina, Genus Asimina



2. Noun. Fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples.
Exact synonyms: Pawpaw
Generic synonyms: Edible Fruit
Group relationships: Asimina Triloba, Papaw Tree, Pawpaw

Definition of Papaw

1. n. A tree (Carica Papaya) of tropical America, belonging to the order Passifloreæ. 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. Also, its dull orange-colored, melon-shaped fruit, which is eaten both raw and cooked or pickled.

Definition of Papaw

1. Proper noun. (context: Southern US) ''Used in addressing or referring to one’s grandfather, especially the paternal grandfather.'' ¹

2. Proper noun. (context: Southern US less commonly) ''Used in addressing or referring to one’s father.'' ¹

3. Noun. A tree, ''Carica papaya'', of tropical America, belonging to the order Passifloreae and producing dull orange-colored, melon-shaped fruit. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Papaw

1. a fleshy fruit [n -S]

Medical Definition of Papaw

1. 1. A tree (Carica Papaya) of tropical America, belonging to the order Passifloreae. 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. Also, its dull orange-coloured, melon-shaped fruit, which is eaten both raw and cooked or pickled. 2. A tree of the genus Asimina (A. Triloba), growing in the western and southern parts of the United States, and producing a sweet edible fruit; also, the fruit itself. Origin: Prob. From the native name in the West Indies; cf. Sp. Papayo papaw, papaya the fruit of the papaw Alternative forms: pawpaw. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Papaw

paparazza
paparazze
paparazzi
paparazzification
paparazzo
paparchies
paparchy
papas
papaver
papaveraceous
papaveretum
papaverine
papaverines
papaverous
papavers
papaw (current term)
papaw tree
papaws
papaya
papaya family
papaya juice
papaya tree
papayan
papayas
papayotin
papboat
papboats
pape
papejay

Literary usage of Papaw

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1. Around an Old Homestead: A Book of Memories by Paul Griswold Huston (1906)
"In "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come" also (page 7), by Mr. John Fox, Jr., is this sentence, upon Chad and old Nance, showing that the papaw is in favor ..."

2. The Tree Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Trees of North America by Julia Ellen Rogers (1905)
"The papaw is not devoid of beauty in its blossoming time, ... The papaw's soft pulp, in its green banana-like envelope, is delighted in by the Negro of the ..."

3. Fruit Recipes: A Manual of the Food Value of Fruits and Nine Hundred by Riley Maria Fletcher Berry (1907)
"Yet the tropical papaw of the West Indies, the Carica Papaya, ... The wild Northern papaw inspires extremes of admiration or dislike as a fruit food, ..."

4. Our Trees, how to Know Them by Clarence Moores Weed (1918)
"The papaw blossoms are ill-smelling and have a diameter of about two ... This fruit is suggestive of the tropical papaw, to which fact its common name is ..."

5. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"The common papaw is described by Michaux as having its trunk covered with a silver-gray bark, which is smooth and even polished; the wood is spongy, ..."

6. A Description and History of Vegetable Substances, Used in the Arts, and in (1830)
"THE papaw—Carica papaya. Though the papaw-tree is now found in the East as well ... The papaw rises with a hollow stem to the height of about twenty feet, ..."

7. The Technologist (1862)
"ON THE SUPPOSED INFLUENCE OF THE papaw (CARICA PAPAYA) ON MEAT. Browne, in his Natural ' History of Jamaica,' tells us that the fruit of the papaw has a ..."

8. The Everglades and Other Essays Relating to Southern Florida by John Clayton Gifford (1912)
"THE BANANA AND THE papaw. NEVER cease to marvel at the banana and the papaw. ... The papaw or papaya is another succulent, quick-growing, prolific tropical ..."

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