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[ gwah-vuh ]
/ ˈgwɑ və /


any of numerous tropical and subtropical American trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Psidium, of the myrtle family, especially P. guajava, bearing large, yellow, round to pear-shaped fruit, and P. littorale, bearing smaller, yellowish to deep-red, oval fruit.
the fruit, used for making jam, jelly, etc.


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Nearby words

guarulhos, guat., guatemala, guatemala city, guatemalan, guava, guaviare, guayabera, guayama, guayaquil, guaymas

Origin of guava

1545–55; < Spanish guayaba < Arawak Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for guava


/ (ˈɡwɑːvə) /


any of various tropical American trees of the myrtaceous genus Psidium, esp P. guajava, grown in tropical regions for their edible fruit
the fruit of such a tree, having yellow skin and pink pulp: used to make jellies, jams, etc

Word Origin for guava

C16: from Spanish guayaba, from a South American Indian word
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Word Origin and History for guava



1550s, from Spanish guaya, variant of guayaba, from Arawakan (W. Indies) guayabo "guava tree" or Tupi guajava.

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