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[gwah-vuh] /ˈgwɑ və/
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.
the fruit, used for making jam, jelly, etc.
Origin of guava
1545-55; < Spanish guayaba < Arawak Unabridged
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  • 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


any of various tropical American trees of the myrtaceous genus Psidium, esp P. guajava, grown in tropical regions for their edible fruit
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

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

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