Definition of papaw:
- 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.
- 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.
Surely the girl would some time come to her door or else be taking a walk through the woods, for the papaw grove of small slender trees was thickly shaded, cool and still, many of the birds that earlier inhabited it having flown farther north, while for those which remained behind it was a season of home responsibilities.- "The Loves of Ambrose", Margaret Vandercook.
- "The Elements of Geology", William Harmon Norton.
Now and again the way wended along the bank of a river, with the steeps showing in the waters below as well as against the sky above, and one day when they had but recently broken their camp on its shores there shot out from beneath an overhanging boscage of papaw trees a swift, arrowy thing akin to a fish, akin to a bird- an Indian canoe, in which were three braves.- "The Story of Old Fort Loudon", Charles Egbert Craddock.