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

1760–70; < Spanish < Carib (Hispaniola)

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papaya (pəˈpaɪə)
1.  a Caribbean evergreen tree, Carica papaya, with a crown of large dissected leaves and large green hanging fruit: family Caricaceae
2.  the fruit of this tree, having a yellow sweet edible pulp and small black seeds
[C15 papaye, from Spanish papaya, from an American Indian language; compare Carib ababai]

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Word Origin & History

1598 for fruit, 1613 for tree, from Sp., probably from Arawakan (W.Indies) papaya.
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In one village several kids run ahead to show me their avocado, papaya, and
  lemon trees.
Other food plants-squash and papaya, for instance-have been genetically
  engineered to resist diseases.
The fish is wrapped around papaya, which was an interesting combination.
For dessert, try the plate piled with fresh papaya, guava and watermelon.
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