American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A vine (Passiflora incarnata) of the southeast United States having purple and white flowers, three-lobed leaves, and edible yellow fruit.
- n. The fruit of this plant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The passion-flower, or its fruit; properly, the fruit of Passiflora incarnata, which is of the size of a hen's egg and edible.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The edible fruit of a passion flower, especially that of the North American Passiflora incarnata, an oval yellowish berry as large as a small apple.
- n. of southern United States; having an insipid berry the size of a hen egg
- Alteration of maycock, from earlier maracock, perhaps of Virginia Algonquian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We tell our drivers if a light's not working or they have a 'maypop' tire, to stop, come in and get it fixed.”
“As I wandered toward the herb shed to see if I had any maypop fruits for flavoring, my eye caught a movement at the far edge of the clearing.”
“Nadine was working her thumbnail at the wax seal on the little brown bottle of tincture of maypop when the shaft of light coming from the doorway above darkened.”
“Because tincture of maypop would likely have killed her.”
“Had you given her your maypop, it would have done as you said: sedated her.”
“And there was plenty of the native Passiflora incarnata, or maypop, growing in the Meadow.”
“I was going to give her tincture of maypop for that. ”
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