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[puh-pah-yuh] /pəˈpɑ yə/
the large, yellow, melonlike fruit of a tropical American shrub or small tree, Carica papaya, eaten raw or cooked.
the tree itself.
Also called pawpaw.
Origin of papaya
1760-70; < Spanish < Carib (Hispaniola)
Related forms
papayan, adjective Unabridged
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  • papaya and Arugula Salad by Anne Byrn The Dinner Doctor offers a salad to please both the palate and the eye.

    What to Eat July 28, 2009
  • papaya is not as sweet as mango or peach, but it gives a salad great texture, flavor, and color.

    What to Eat July 28, 2009
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British Dictionary definitions for papaya


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
Derived Forms
papayan, adjective
Word Origin
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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