from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tropical American tree (Diospyros digyna) closely related to the persimmon, having edible, olive-green fruit that blackens when ripe and has a soft, chocolate-brown pulp.
- n. The fruit of this plant.
black + American Spanish zapote, persimmonlike fruit (from Nahuatl tzapotl).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)