Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tropical American tree (Annona cherimola) having heart-shaped, edible fruits with green skin and white aromatic flesh.
  • n. The fruit of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A subtropical tree, scientific name Annona cherimola, native to mountainous areas of South America
  • n. A conical fruit with white flesh from that tree.

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

  • n. small tropical American tree bearing round or oblong fruit
  • n. large tropical fruit with leathery skin and soft pulp; related to custard apples

Etymologies

American Spanish, from Quechua chirimuya.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish chirimoya (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The cherimoya is generally (but not always) larger than the zapote.

    Strange Fruit

  • The cherimoya is as delicious as the zapote; and like the zapote, it has to be very soft before it's ready to eat.

    Strange Fruit

  • All the webpages say so.) markgritter suggested that it tasted like the actual fruit form of Fruity Pebbles, and Timprov suggested the actual fruit form of white LifeSavers before going on to propose that the cherimoya is the answer to what fruit "fruit flavoring" is supposed to taste like.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • It's called cherimoya, and as the woman stocking the produce section at Rainbow reminded me twice, it's only in season, like, right now.

    Boing Boing

  • Late in October, for example, it occurred to Eduard that if he cut a cherimoya a custard apple with green indented skin and a creamy white interior into thin slices, the flesh looked like crabmeat; now a dish with cherimoya and spider crab is on the menu.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • If you should happen to come across ripe cherimoya most likely in the winter months, please try this drink with peeled and diced pieces of that fabulous fruit.

    Daisy’s Holiday Cooking

  • • Treat all fruits, but particularly bananas, plantains, cherimoya, and mangos, as garnishes, rather than major components of a meal.

    THE NEW ATKINS FOR A NEW YOU

  • I have never seen cherimoya or custard apple here.

    Dudhi - Chana nu Shaak

  • Then everyone crowded around the picnic tables, tasting rare cherimoya cultivars like Coochie Island, Concha Lisa and Big Sister.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Wow Bri, that thing looks exactly like a cherimoya on the inside, but the outside is different, yours is more deeply lobed - the cherimoya has a smoother skin.

    Custard Apple: Try It, You'll Like It

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