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The Collaborative International Dictionary
papaw

papaya \pa*pa"ya\, n. [Prob. from the native name in the West Indies; cf. Sp. papayo papaw, papaya the fruit of the papaw.]

  1. (Bot.) A tree ( Carica Papaya) of tropical America, belonging to the order Passiflore[ae]; called also papaw and pawpaw. It has a soft, spongy stem, eighteen or twenty feet high, crowned with a tuft of large, long-stalked, palmately lobed leaves. The milky juice of the plant is said to have the property of making meat tender.

  2. The fruit of the papaya tree; it is a dull orange-colored, melon-shaped fruit, which is eaten both raw and cooked or pickled. The fruit contains papain, a protease.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
papaw

1620s, variant of papaya (q.v.), used from 1760 to designate the papaw tree.

Wiktionary
papaw

Etymology 1 n. A tree, ''Carica papaya'', of tropical America, belonging to the order Brassicales, and producing dull orange-colored, melon-shaped fruit. Etymology 2

alt. 1 (context US dialect Southern US English) grandfather, especially paternal grandfather 2 (context US dialect Southern US less commonly English) father n. 1 (context US dialect Southern US English) grandfather, especially paternal grandfather 2 (context US dialect Southern US less commonly English) father

WordNet
papaw
  1. n. small tree native to the eastern United States having oblong leaves and fleshy fruit [syn: pawpaw, papaw tree, Asimina triloba]

  2. fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples [syn: pawpaw]

Usage examples of "papaw".

What are Mamaw and Papaw going to say when they find out I lost their grandson?

Last night Mamaw and Papaw called wanting to know where in Manhattan they could go for a New York strip.

Mamaw and Papaw and Hank and me out, so he could get to know his future in-laws better.

I mean, I figured someone should let Mamaw and Papaw know that Hank was all right.

I said, watching as Papaw twirled Mamaw around practically into the champagne fountain.

No one seems to have noticed, though, I guess because Mamaw and Papaw are here.

Even though, of course, Papaw owns a hardware store and Dad is a prince.

Apparently she did it by leaving him with Mamaw and Papaw to babysit while she and Mr G went to a classic-car show in the parking lot of the Kroger Sav-on, because that was the closest thing to a cultural event that was actually going on in Versailles this past weekend.

Apparently, she did it by leaving him with Mamaw and Papaw to babysit while she and Mr.

Besides, she was hanging freshly washed clothes in her backyard, with a fence and tall papaw shrubs leaving her only slightly visible from the sidewalk that passed behind her house.

Big John was what nearly everyone called him, including his grandchildren, not Papaw or Granddaddy but Big John.

Why olives, when if need be--and the need has not yet manifested itself--as shrewd a relish and as cleansing a flavour is to be obtained from the pale yellow flowers of the male papaw, steeped in brine--a decoration and a zest combined?

What more wholesome and pleasant a dish than papaw beaten to mush, saturated with the juice of lime, sweetened with sugar, and made fantastic with spices?

Poppy Al was a small man, shorter and slighter than Papaw, with a kind, sweet spirit.

It was when she got hooked that Mother brought her and Papaw to Hot Springs.