sapodilla

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sapodilla tropical fruit with a rough brownish skin and very sweet brownish pulp
    • n sapodilla large tropical American evergreen yielding chicle gum and edible fruit; sometimes placed in genus Achras
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chewing gum was created by the Mayans over 300 years ago. They boiled the sap of the sapodilla tree and chewed it.
    • n Sapodilla (Bot) A tall, evergeen, tropical American tree (Achras Sapota); also, its edible fruit, the sapodilla plum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sapodilla A large tree, Achras Sapota, native in tropical America, cultivated there and in other tropical regions for its fruit, the sapodilla or sapodilla-plum. This has an acrid juice which disappears with incipient decay, when the fruit becomes very sugary. The wood is hard, heavy, and durable, of a reddish-brown color. Also called naseberry, and sometimes bully-tree. See Achras and chicle-gum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sapodilla sap-ō-dil′a a name given in the West Indies to the fruit of several species of Achras, the seeds aperient and diuretic, the pulp subacid and sweet.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. zapote, sapotillo, zapotillo, Mexican cochit-zapotl,. Cf. Sapota
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. sapotillasapota, the sapota-tree.

Usage

In literature:

It was evidently a good joke to have mistaken Sapodilla Cay for Little Wood Cay.
"Pieces of Eight" by Richard le Gallienne
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