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[fey-yoh-uh, -hoh-uh] /feɪˈyoʊ ə, -ˈhoʊ ə/
a shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of the myrtle family, native to South America, bearing edible, greenish, plumlike fruit.
the fruit of this shrub.
Also called pineapple guava.
< New Latin (1858), after João da Silva Feijó (1760-1824), Brazilian soldier and naturalist; see -a2 Unabridged
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  • The feijoa is also an egg-shaped fruit with a thin lime-green skin.
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an evergreen myrtaceous shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of South America
the fruit of this shrub
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, named after J. da Silva Feijo, 19th-century Spanish botanist
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Encyclopedia Article for feijoa

(species Feijoa sellowiana), small tree of the family Myrtaceae, related to the guava and often called pineapple guava. It is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and parts of Argentina and is cultivated in mild, dry climates for its fruit. The feijoa was introduced into southern Europe in 1890 and into California about 1900.

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