[ 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.

Origin of guava

1545–55; < Spanish guayaba < Arawak Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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