a. A tropical American tree (Melicoccus bijugatus) having small fragrant greenish-white flowers and small fruits with a green leathery rind and a juicy yellowish translucent pulp.
b. The sweet edible fruit of this plant. Also called mamoncillo, Spanish lime.
2. See genipap.
[Possibly alteration of GENIPAP.]
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