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See also: Asimina


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From an Algonquian word *assimin or *rassimin (the second element of which is -min, "berry, fruit"), via Cajun French assiminier.[1]


asimina (plural asiminas)

  1. (US, dated) The pawpaw (Asimina triloba), a fruit-bearing plant.
    • 1838, John Claudius Loudon, Arboretum et fruticetum Britannicum; or, The trees and shrubs of Britain, volume 1, page 79:
      [] but it still contains an excellent collection, some fine specimens of magnolias, asiminas, crataegusus, [] and other foreign trees and shrubs, and is conducted with the greatest liberality.
    • 1911, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Sketch of the evolution of our native fruits, page 443:
      Of the asiminas, or so-called pawpaws, — which are also anonaceous plants, — there are several species in the United States.


  1. ^ 1902, Journal of American Folklore, volume 15