[ puh-pah-yuh ]
/ pəˈpɑ yə /


the large, yellow, melonlike fruit of a tropical American shrub or small tree, Carica papaya, eaten raw or cooked.
the tree itself.

Origin of papaya

1760–70; < Spanish < Carib (Hispaniola)
Also called pawpaw.

Related forms

pa·pa·yan, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for papaya


/ (pəˈpaɪə) /


a Caribbean evergreen tree, Carica papaya, with a crown of large dissected leaves and large green hanging fruit: family Caricaceae
the fruit of this tree, having a yellow or reddish orange sweet edible pulp and small black seeds
Also called: papaw, pawpaw

Derived Forms

papayan, adjective

Word Origin for papaya

C15 papaye, from Spanish papaya, from an American Indian language; compare Carib ababai
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