Definitions

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  • n. The pawpaw (Asimina triloba), a fruit-bearing plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An anonaceous genus of shrubs of the Atlantic and Gulf States, including half a dozen species.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pawpaw

Etymologies

From an Algonquian word *assimin or *rassimin (the second element of which is -min, "berry, fruit"), via Cajun French assiminier. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Trees that transplant with difficulty, as the papaw or asimina, and some nut trees, may be prepared for removal by cutting some of their roots -- and especially the tap-root, if they have such -- a year or two in advance.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

  • They were the fruits of the _jocuistle_, a species of _asimina_, whose juice is an infallible remedy against the effects of intoxication.

    Wood Rangers The Trappers of Sonora

  • (_asimina triloba_), and now returned, bringing their spoil with them.

    Bruin The Grand Bear Hunt

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