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A small tropical tree with large palmate leaves which is a naturally occurring hybrid of the genus Vasconcellea (family Caricaceae), originating in Ecuador but cultivated elsewhere. Also: the large, edible, five-sided marrow-shaped fruit of this plant, with a bright yellow rind and pale, usually seedless flesh, which is eaten raw or used for juice.
1920s. From Ecuadorean Spanish babaco, of unknown origin.
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