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papaya

[ puh-pah-yuh ]
/ pəˈpɑ yə /
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noun
the large, yellow, melonlike fruit of a tropical American shrub or small tree, Carica papaya, eaten raw or cooked.
the tree itself.
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Also called pawpaw.

Origin of papaya

1760–70; <Spanish <Carib (Hispaniola)

OTHER WORDS FROM papaya

pa·pa·yan, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for papaya

papaya
/ (pəˈpaɪə) /

noun
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 of papaya

papayan, adjective

Word Origin for papaya

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