sa·po·te (sə-pōtē, -tā)
a. A Mexican and Central American tree (Pouteria sapota) having edible oval fruit with rough brown skin and sweet reddish flesh.
b. The fruit of this tree. Also called mamey sapote, marmalade plum.
a. Any of several other trees of the American tropics that bear sweet edible fruit, especially Casimiroa edulis, having greenish-yellow fruit with whitish flesh, and Diospyros digyna, a persimmon having greenish fruit with dark brown flesh.
b. The fruit of any of these trees.
[Spanish zapota, from Nahuatl tzapotl.]
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