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paw·paw / ˈpôpô/ (also papaw / pəˈpô; ˈpôpô/ ) •
another term for papaya. 2. (also pawpaw tree) a North American tree (Asimina triloba) of the custard apple family, with purple flowers and edible oblong yellow fruit with sweet pulp. ∎ the fruit of this tree.
oxford views updated May 11 2018
Large green or yellow melon‐like fruit of the tropical tree Carica papaya
, widely grown in all tropical regions. The proteolytic enzyme, papain
, is derived from the fruit. A 150‐g portion is a rich source
of vitamin C; a good source of vitamin A (as carotene); supplies 55 kcal (230 kJ).