Definitions

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

  • n. An evergreen tree (Manilkara zapota) of Mexico and Central America, having latex that yields chicle and edible fruit with sweet yellow-brown flesh.
  • n. The fruit of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Manilkara zapota; a long-lived, evergreen tree native to the New World tropics. It is also known as Chickoo (also spelled "Chiku") in South Asia.
  • n. The fruit from the sapodilla tree. The fruit is 4-8 cm in diameter, has a fuzzy brown skin with earthy brown flesh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tall, evergeen, tropical American tree (Achras Sapota); also, its edible fruit, the sapodilla plum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large tree, Achras Sapota, native in tropical America, cultivated there and in other tropical regions for its fruit, the sapodilla or sapodilla-plum.

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

  • n. tropical fruit with a rough brownish skin and very sweet brownish pulp
  • n. large tropical American evergreen yielding chicle gum and edible fruit; sometimes placed in genus Achras

Etymologies

Spanish zapotillo, diminutive of zapote, sapodilla fruit, from Nahuatl tzapotl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Nahuatl tzapocuahuitl. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To teach your kids the value of rainforest products, stuff their stockings with Glee Gum's make-your-own-chewing-gum kit, an irresistible mess of sugar, syrup, flavoring, and chicle gum base from Central America's sapodilla trees.

    Green Gifts That Keep Giving

  • * Fruit of the sapodilla tree (Achras sapota); size of a small apple, rough-grained, yellow to greyish pulp.

    On Eating Apples

  • The players took fistfulls of wet sand to build a little hill to elevate their balls made of gutta percha, a material from the rubbery dried sap of sapodilla trees.

    The Founding Fathers of Golf

  • However, the few areas that still contain moist forest assemblages also termed "Tropical Evergreen Forest" are characterized by tall trees reaching up to 30 meters (m), where the dominant species are: Mayan breadnut (Brosimum alicastrum), sapodilla (Manilkara zapota), rosadillo (Celtis monoica), Bursera simaruba, Dendropanax arboreus, and Sideroxylon capiri.

    Veracruz moist forests

  • Oh! the many women with sapodilla skin in the harem of your mind!

    Leopold Sedar Senghor

  • Bubble gum used to come from chicle, the latex of the sapodilla tree, also known for its sweet chico fruits.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Jewel stayed around the sapodilla tree where Sharkey had buried Ruby.

    BLOWN AWAY!

  • He carried the pup to Jewel, who was standing beneath the sapodilla tree, and held it up to her.

    BLOWN AWAY!

  • Europeans and North Americans chewed the relatively harsh resin of spruce trees; and the Maya chewed chicle, the latex of the sapodilla tree Achras sapote, ten centuries before it was commercialized in New York City.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Like the durian, the sapodilla plum grows all too slowly for my precipitate tastes, though I console myself plenteously with mangoes.

    My Tropic Isle

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