One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large evergreen tropical American tree which has edible fruit and hard durable wood and yields chicle.
- ‘The genus Madhuca belongs to the same family as the sapodilla, and some species have edible, although poor, fruits.’
- ‘The house, erected across four thick branches of a towering sapodilla tree is hidden among its lush, green leaves.’
- ‘It introduces, maintains, characterizes, and evaluates germplasm collections of banana, plantain, sapodilla, mamey sapote, cacao, Garcinia, Annona, and bamboo.’
- ‘All the sculptures on display are made of wood of different types: jackfruit wood, sapodilla wood, longan wood and the durable teakwood.’
- ‘The sapodilla tree is notoriously slow growing, but it can reach heights of 60 to 100 feet with a large spread.’
- 1.1 The sweet brownish bristly fruit of the sapodilla.
- ‘Firm sapodillas are unripe and guarantee a nasty, tongue-curling experience for the eater due to a high tannin content.’
- ‘There are zapotes, the sapodilla plums from which the Aztecs and others derived their word for the Zapotecs (a people properly known, in their own language, as the ‘Biniza’).’
- ‘If you are growing custard apples, bananas, sapodillas and carambolas, they could all do with a dressing of citrus and fruit tree fertiliser spread evenly around under the leaf canopy.’
Late 17th century: from Spanish zapotillo, diminutive of zapote, from Nahuatl tzápotl.
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