• WordNet 3.6
    • n papaw fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples
    • n papaw small tree native to the eastern United States having oblong leaves and fleshy fruit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Papaw (Bot) A tree of the genus Asimina Asimina triloba), growing in the western and southern parts of the United States, and producing a sweet edible fruit; also, the fruit itself.
    • Papaw (Bot) Same as papaya, senses 1 and 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n papaw The tree Carica Papaya, or its fruit. The papaw in native in South America, but now widely diffused throughout the tropics. Its height is about 20 feet, and its deeply seven-lobed leaves are 2 feet in diameter and borne on footstalks 2 feet long. The fruit is 10 inches long, commonly of an oblong form, ribbed, and having a thick fleshy rind. It is sometimes eaten raw or made into a sauce, or when green is boiled as a vegetable and is also pickled. The trunk, leaves, and fruit contain an acrid milky juice (see papain), which has the property of making quickly tender meat which is boiled with a little of it or wrapped in the leaves, or, as it is claimed, merely hung up among the leaves. The seeds are an efficacious vermifuge, The leaves are saponaceous. Also called melon-tree.
    • n papaw The tree Asimina triloba, or its fruit, native in the United States. It is a small tree with lurid flowers appearing with the leaves, which, when grown are obovate-lanceolate, thin, and rather large. The smooth oblong fruit is 3 or 4 inches long, filled with a sweet pulp in which are embedded the bean-like seeds.
    • n papaw A bushwhacker: with reference to the subsistence or possible subsistence of bushwhackers on the fruit of the papaw.
    • n papaw Also written pawpaw.
    • n papaw A slave from Dahome. [West Indies.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Papaw pa-paw′ the tree Carica papaya, or its fruit, native to South America, but common in the tropics, the trunk, leaves, and fruit yielding papain (q.v.), the leaves forming a powerful anthelmintic: the tree Asimina triloba, or its fruit, native to the United States.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. from the native name in the West Indies; cf. Sp. papayo, papaw, papaya, the fruit of the papaw
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The Malabar native name.


In literature:

At the foot of this papaw tree I was always sure to meet with Paul when he came into our neighbourhood.
"Paul and Virginia" by Bernardin de Saint Pierre
I also boiled up the tops of pumpkin plants and of ferns, by way of greens, and occasionally got a few green papaws.
"The Malay Archipelago" by Alfred Russell Wallace
Then he sat down under the shade of a papaw-tree and gave orders.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Soon after several papaws sprung up, amongst which was one that yielded fruit.
"Paul and Virginia" by Bernadin de Saint-Pierre
A discovery of a tooth of the Mastodon has lately been made in the bed of the Papaw River, in Berrian County, Michigan.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The papaw too is found in all these countries, though I have not hitherto described it.
"A Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
It feeds upon ripe bananas, and papaws (mamee apples), and such other sweet fruit, that when over-ripe fall to the ground.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
The papaw and the passion fruit belong to this same order.
"Fruits of Queensland" by Albert Benson
A pleasant and peculiar small tree is this papaw, not nearly so well known or so highly esteemed as it ought to be.
"Getting Acquainted with the Trees" by J. Horace McFarland
He had left Lazar Brown's horse tied in a neighboring papaw patch.
"The Graysons" by Edward Eggleston
The papaw and persimmon thrived in the southern portion of the Atlantic coast region.
"North America" by Israel C. Russell
The girl and the horse had quickly disappeared behind the hazel and papaw bushes.
"Hoosier Mosaics" by Maurice Thompson
Persimmons and papaws were ripe, haws and huckleberries were plentiful.
"Erskine Dale--Pioneer" by John Fox
I observed the papaw and persimmon among the wild fruits.
"Scenes and Adventures in the Semi-Alpine Region of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The papaws hung globular among the leaves of the bushes, and the persimmons were reddening.
"The Phantoms of the Foot-Bridge and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
After flying about for a short time the Marcellus or early spring Swallowtails lay eggs upon the leaves of papaw trees or bushes.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
The fruit of the papaw resembles the pepo, but the calyx is not superior.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
Because of its handsome foliage, attractive flowers and curious fruit, the papaw has been much used in ornamental planting.
"Forest Trees of Illinois" by Fuller George D.
Among the fruit trees are the mango and the papaw, the orange and the lemon.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 1 "Franciscans" to "French Language"" by Various
The papaw trees were just opening their buds.
"Travels in the Interior of North America, Part I, (Being Chapters I-XV of the London Edition, 1843)" by Alexander Philipp Maximilian, Prince of Wied

In news:

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TERRE HAUTE — I don't know who is glowing with the most pride, Lily or PaPaw Mike Burch.
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Bright, awake and alert, critically thinking, problem solving, determined, focused, clever, "sharp as a tack" as my papaw Humphreys used to say.