[ fey-yoh-uh, -hoh-uh ]
/ feɪˈyoʊ ə, -ˈhoʊ ə /
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a shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of the myrtle family, native to South America, bearing edible, greenish, plumlike fruit.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for feijoa
/ (fiːˈdʒəʊə) /
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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