pawpaw

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Etymology 1[edit]

Via Portuguese and Spanish papaya from Galibi Carib; the reason for the change in spelling is unknown.

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pawpaw (plural pawpaws)

  1. Any of several types of trees having edible fruit:
    1. Asimina, the pawpaw genus, a genus of trees and shrubs native to eastern North America, especially common pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
    2. Papaya or pawpaw (Carica papaya), a widely cultivated tropical fruit tree
    3. Mountain pawpaw (Vasconcellea pubescens), a fruit tree native to South America
  2. The fruit of these trees.
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pawpaw (plural pawpaws)

  1. Grandfather.
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