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Definition of papaw:

  1. A tree ( Carica Papaya) of tropical America, belonging to the order Passifloreae. It has a soft, spongy stem, eighteen or twenty feet high, crowned with a tuft of large, long- stalked, palmately lobed leaves. The milky juice of the plant is said to have the property of making meat tender. Also, its dull orange- colored, melon- shaped fruit, which is eaten both raw and cooked or pickled.
  2. A tree of the genus Asimina ( A. triloba), growing in the western and southern parts of the United States, and producing a sweet edible fruit; also, the fruit itself.


papaya, papaya tree, papaia, melon tree, Asimina Triloba, pawpaw, papaw tree.

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