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guava

[gwah-vuh] /ˈgwɑ və/
noun
1.
any of numerous tropical and subtropical American trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Psidium, of the myrtle family, especially P. guajava, bearing large, yellow, round to pear-shaped fruit, and P. littorale, bearing smaller, yellowish to deep-red, oval fruit.
2.
the fruit, used for making jam, jelly, etc.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Spanish guayaba < Arawak
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Examples for guava
  • We're fans of the tamarind-papaya-lime and the banana-guava-pineapple smoothies.
  • The garden's orchids, bromeliads, palm and guava trees underscore the tropical locale.
  • But make an exotic filling with guava paste and you have a cookie that transports you to warmer climes.
  • Other native fruits are guava and guanabana, a tart, pulpy fruit.
  • Waters collected in basins and drained from showers water guava plants, bananas, lemons and other greenery.
  • Watercress and apple souffle caught my eye, as did guava jelly and avocado ice cream.
  • They paused at tables offering guava paste, pastries, tubers and fruits.
  • guava, which is commonly processed into puree and juice, is affected by many fruit rot diseases.
British Dictionary definitions for guava

guava

/ˈɡwɑːvə/
noun
1.
any of various tropical American trees of the myrtaceous genus Psidium, esp P. guajava, grown in tropical regions for their edible fruit
2.
the fruit of such a tree, having yellow skin and pink pulp: used to make jellies, jams, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish guayaba, from a South American Indian word
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Word Origin and History for guava
n.

1550s, from Spanish guaya, variant of guayaba, from Arawakan (W. Indies) guayabo "guava tree" or Tupi guajava.

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