One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fruit of any of certain American passion flowers, especially the may-pop, Passiflora incarnata, of the southern United States, and the grenadilla, P. quadrangularis, of tropical America.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Simon Forman (1552–1611), astrologer and medical practitioner. Perhaps from Virginia Algonquian.
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