American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several tropical American trees of the genus Annona, especially A. reticulata, having large, nearly heart-shaped edible fruits with white to yellowish flesh.
- n. The fruit of any of these trees.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fruit of Anona reticulata, a native of the West Indies, but cultivated in all tropical countries. It is a large, dark-brown, roundish fruit, sometimes called
bullock's-heartfrom its size and appearance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) a low tree or shrub of tropical America, including several species of Anona (Anona squamosa, Anona reticulata, etc.), having a roundish or ovate fruit the size of a small orange, containing a soft, yellowish, edible pulp.
- n. any of several tropical American trees bearing fruit with soft edible pulp
- n. the fruit of any of several tropical American trees of the genus Annona having soft edible pulp
- So called because its pulp resembles custard. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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