Closeup of Three Pawpaws (Wild Edible Fruit) Ripening on Tree in Forest

Asimina triloba

Pawpaw (Wikipedia)

Paw Paw, Paw paw, or pawpaw may refer to:

Pawpaw (Wiktionary)



  • IPA(key): /ˈpɔːpɔː/
  • (cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /ˈpɑːpɑː/

Etymology 1

Via Portuguese and Spanish papaya from Galibi Carib [Term?]; the reason for the change in spelling is unknown.

Via Yuchi pahpah

Alternative forms

  • paw-paw


pawpaw (plural pawpaws)

  1. Any of several types of trees having edible fruit:
    1. Asimina, the pawpaw genus, a genus of trees and shrubs native to eastern North America, especially common pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
    2. Papaya or pawpaw (Carica papaya), a widely cultivated
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