[ pit-uh-hahy-uh ]
/ ˌpɪt əˈhaɪ ə /
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any of several cacti of the genus Lemaireocereus and related genera, of the southwestern United States and Mexico, bearing edible fruit.
the fruit of such a cactus.
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Also pi·ta·ya [pi-tahy-uh] /pɪˈtaɪ ə/ .
Origin of pitahaya
An Americanism first recorded in 1750–60; from Latin American Spanish, from Taíno
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British Dictionary definitions for pitahaya
/ (ˌpɪtəˈhaɪə) /
any giant cactus of Central America and the SW United States, esp the saguaro
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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