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.
Also pi·ta·ya [pi-tahy-uh] /pɪˈtaɪ ə/.

Origin of pitahaya

1750–60, Americanism; < American Spanish < Taino
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British Dictionary definitions for pitaya


  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

Word Origin for pitahaya

C18: Mexican Spanish, from Haitian Creole
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