[fey-yoh-uh, -hoh-uh]


a shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of the myrtle family, native to South America, bearing edible, greenish, plumlike fruit.
the fruit of this shrub.

Nearby words

  1. fehling's solution,
  2. fei,
  3. feign,
  4. feigned,
  5. feignedly,
  6. feijoada,
  7. feininger,
  8. feininger, lyonel,
  9. feinschmecker,
  10. feint

Origin of feijoa

< New Latin (1858), after João da Silva Feijó (1760–1824), Brazilian soldier and naturalist; see -a2

Also called pineapple guava.

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British Dictionary definitions for feijoa



an evergreen myrtaceous shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of South America
the fruit of this shrub

Word Origin for feijoa

C19: from New Latin, named after J. da Silva Feijo, 19th-century Spanish botanist

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