Definition of sapodilla in English:



  • 1A large, evergreen, tropical American tree that has edible fruit and hard, durable wood and yields chicle.

    • ‘It introduces, maintains, characterizes, and evaluates germplasm collections of banana, plantain, sapodilla, mamey sapote, cacao, Garcinia, Annona, and bamboo.’
    • ‘The sapodilla tree is notoriously slow growing, but it can reach heights of 60 to 100 feet with a large spread.’
    • ‘The house, erected across four thick branches of a towering sapodilla tree is hidden among its lush, green leaves.’
    • ‘All the sculptures on display are made of wood of different types: jackfruit wood, sapodilla wood, longan wood and the durable teakwood.’
    • ‘The genus Madhuca belongs to the same family as the sapodilla, and some species have edible, although poor, fruits.’
    1. 1.1The sweet, brownish, bristly fruit of the sapodilla tree.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’).’
      • ‘Firm sapodillas are unripe and guarantee a nasty, tongue-curling experience for the eater due to a high tannin content.’


Late 17th century: from Spanish zapotillo, diminutive of zapote, from Nahuatl tzápotl.