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pitahaya

[pit-uh-hahy-uh]
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noun
  1. any of several cacti of the genus Lemaireocereus and related genera, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, bearing edible fruit.
  2. the fruit of such a cactus.
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Also pi·ta·ya [pi-tahy-uh] /pɪˈtaɪ ə/.

Origin of pitahaya

1750–60, Americanism; < American Spanish < Taino
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Examples from the Web for pitahaya

Historical Examples

  • You know very well that Kokomo wishes to be chief in place of Pitahaya.'

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • They drink wine made of the pitahaya, which is the fruit of a great thistle which opens like the pomegranate.

  • There was also Pitahaya, the chief, who was so old that he spent most of the time singing the evil out of his eyes.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Therefore I kept close at his heels as they worked around toward the house of Pitahaya, and my neck bristled.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Besides corn, they manufacture and sell a syrup extracted from the pitahaya.


British Dictionary definitions for pitahaya

pitahaya

noun
  1. any giant cactus of Central America and the SW United States, esp the saguaro
  2. Also called: dragon fruit the edible red pulpy fruit of such cacti, which has a mild sweet flavour
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Word Origin

C18: Mexican Spanish, from Haitian Creole
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