1. Any of several tropical American trees of the genus Annona, especially A. reticulata, having large, nearly heart-shaped edible fruits with white to yellowish flesh.
2. The fruit of any of these trees. In both senses also called bullock's heart.
[So called because its pulp resembles custard.]
(click for a larger image)custard apple
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