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sap·o·dil·la / ˌsapəˈdilə/ •
n. a large, evergreen, tropical American tree (Manilkara zapota, family Sapotaceae) that yields chicle and has edible fruit and hard, durable wood. ∎ (also sapodilla plum) the sweet, brownish, bristly fruit of this tree.
oxford views updated May 21 2018
Fruit of the sapodilla tree (Achras sapota
); size of a small apple, rough‐grained, yellow to greyish pulp. Chicle
, the basis of chewing gum
, is made from the latex of the tree.
oxford views updated May 11 2018
(fruit of) an evergreen tropical Amer. tree. XVII. — Sp. zapotillo
dim. of zapote
— Nahuatl tzápotl