Ambiguity of Pawpaw and Papaya

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      I am confused by the ambiguous universal usage of names of Papaya and Pawpaw by the botanical societies, and the rest of the communities. Few descriptions I found on the Internet include:
      Asimina triloba, Carica papaya, is also known as Pawpaw.
      The papaya, papaw, is the fruit of the plant Carica papaya.
      The Paw paw tree (Asimina triloba); Pawpaw is a deciduous tree, and the fruit has some similarity with Mango.
      The other fruit that is inconsistently known as Papaya is entirely a different tree. It has a single hollow soft trunk, and the leaves stem from the crown of the tree like a palm tree and has long tubular petioles. How can an entirely two different fruits and trees be known so ambiguously.

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