- 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.
Origin of guava
1545–55; < Spanish guayaba < Arawak
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Examples from the Web for guava
Spread zepherettes with cream cheese and dot with Guava jelly.The Golden Age Cook Book
Henrietta Latham Dwight
Those I bought were of Guava, cashew apple, citron, and lime.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil
“As I fear that we shall be,” muttered the master of the Guava.Paul Gerrard
And of all the oranges that ever you saw, and the guava jelly, and the pine-apples!Little Grandfather
This guava is the source of the famous guava jelly of commerce.Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands
Gerrit Parmile Wilder
- 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
C16: from Spanish guayaba, from a South American Indian word
Word Origin and History for guava
1550s, from Spanish guaya, variant of guayaba, from Arawakan (W. Indies) guayabo "guava tree" or Tupi guajava.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper