- the large, yellow, melonlike fruit of a tropical American shrub or small tree, Carica papaya, eaten raw or cooked.
- the tree itself.
Origin of papaya
1760–70; < Spanish < Carib (Hispaniola)
Also called pawpaw.
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Examples from the Web for papaya
Papaya and Arugula Salad by Anne Byrn The Dinner Doctor offers a salad to please both the palate and the eye.
Papaya is not as sweet as mango or peach, but it gives a salad great texture, flavor, and color.
A fruit that always appealed to us was the papaya, or pawpaw.Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena
H. J. Mozans
It is then placed on a stick which has been secured directly under a papaya fruit.
Many of the garden plots lay fallow during the war and were allowed to grow up in thick stands of papaya.
Papaya and small berries were the foods most frequently observed in the stomachs.
He finished his papaya, then tackled a mango salad, an unusual but delicious breakfast dish.The Golden Skull
- a Caribbean evergreen tree, Carica papaya, with a crown of large dissected leaves and large green hanging fruit: family Caricaceae
- the fruit of this tree, having a yellow or reddish orange sweet edible pulp and small black seeds
Also called: papaw, pawpaw
C15 papaye, from Spanish papaya, from an American Indian language; compare Carib ababai
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Word Origin and History for papaya
1590s for fruit, 1610s for tree, from Spanish, probably from Arawakan (West Indies) papaya.
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