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papaw, pawpaw, papau, papue

 /papóh/ [Car.; cf. OED papaw idem from Sp., Port. papaya from Carib; cf. Taino papaya, Arawak papáia (Taylor 1977:21)] n. a tree, Carica papaya, or its fruit: 1782 They have. . . figs, papues, sapodylles (Bruce, quoted by Albury 1975:80). 1788 Papaw or Melon-Tree (Schoepf 307). 1835 Caries papaya—Papau (Journal 46). 1905 Pawpaw tree (Shattuck 187). cf. CUSTARD APPLE 2 (Gen.)

Tags: Arawak, food, fruit, noun, plant

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Last update: 2010-11-17 21:18
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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Comment of Rudolph Regis:
The respondent is from Andros, she's also 65 years old. In addition, the respondent is very familiar with the term Papaw. The respondent mentions that she knows the term by Papaw and Pawpaw. Furthermore, she's knows it's a fruit and can also be used to cook with when it not fully ripe.
Added at: 2014-03-10 03:37