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[fey-yoh-uh, -hoh-uh]
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  1. a shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of the myrtle family, native to South America, bearing edible, greenish, plumlike fruit.
  2. the fruit of this shrub.
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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


  1. an evergreen myrtaceous shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of South America
  2. the fruit of this shrub
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Word Origin

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