One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1another term for papaya
- ‘My wife chose the exotic fruit platter with star fruit, pawpaw, mango, orange, melon, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and kiwis.’
- ‘Fruits like oranges, guavas, pawpaws and others will be grown.’
- ‘If pawpaw is too highly priced people tend to go for something similar like rock melon which is much cheaper.’
- ‘As well as that, pawpaws have been commercially planted on Rarotonga for over 30 years.’
- ‘Ugandans grow some fruits, such as oranges, papaws, lemons, and pineapple, and these often serve as between-meal snacks.’
2A North American tree of the custard apple family, with purple flowers and edible oblong yellow fruit with sweet pulp.
Asimina triloba, family Annonaceae
- ‘The abundance of pawpaw trees, whose fruit tastes like banana custard, amplifies the tropical effect.’
- ‘In a nearby field his tomb is a threshing floor bordered by pawpaw trees, sugar cane, sweet potato runners.’
- ‘Endangered species of pawpaw trees in Florida, for example, grow what botanists call recalcitrant seeds, which don't survive drying and freezing in seed banks.’
- ‘Here, they were tied up to some pawpaw trees and shot to death.’
- ‘So far they have planted lettuce, cabbage, mustard, beetroot and pawpaw trees.’
- 2.1 The fruit of the pawpaw tree.
- ‘The true pawpaw, also known as a prairie banana (not to be confused with the tummy banana), is a fruit native to North America.’
- ‘All I remember being fed there is lychees and monkey-bananas, and cool slices of pawpaw.’
Early 17th century: from Spanish and Portuguese papaya, of Carib origin. The change in spelling is unexplained.
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