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noun Paw`paw"
Same as Papaya.
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  1. Fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples
  2. Small tree native to the eastern United States having oblong leaves and fleshy fruit
  3. Tropical American shrub or small tree having huge deeply palmately cleft leaves and large oblong yellow fruit

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

  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 tropical fruit tree
    3. Mountain pawpaw (Vasconcellea pubescens), a fruit tree native to South America
  2. The fruit of these trees.

    pawpaw was also found in the following language(s): Tagalog

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    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Scotland approximately on 850. Your profession was seaman, cook, and carpenter.

    Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

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