- any of several cacti of the genus Lemaireocereus and related genera, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, bearing edible fruit.
- the fruit of such a cactus.
Also pi·ta·ya [pi-tahy-uh] /pɪˈtaɪ ə/.
Origin of pitahaya
1750–60, Americanism; < American Spanish < Taino
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Examples from the Web for pitahaya
You know very well that Kokomo wishes to be chief in place of Pitahaya.'
They drink wine made of the pitahaya, which is the fruit of a great thistle which opens like the pomegranate.Original Narratives of Early American History
Vaca and Others
There was also Pitahaya, the chief, who was so old that he spent most of the time singing the evil out of his eyes.
Therefore I kept close at his heels as they worked around toward the house of Pitahaya, and my neck bristled.
Besides corn, they manufacture and sell a syrup extracted from the pitahaya.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 1
Hubert Howe Bancroft
- any giant cactus of Central America and the SW United States, esp the saguaro
- Also called: dragon fruit the edible red pulpy fruit of such cacti, which has a mild sweet flavour
C18: Mexican Spanish, from Haitian Creole
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