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.

1545–55; < Spanish guayaba < Arawak Unabridged
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guava (ˈɡwɑːvə)
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
[C16: from Spanish guayaba, from a South American Indian word]

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Word Origin & History

1555, from Sp. guaya, variant of guayaba, from Arawakan (W. Indies) guayabo "guava tree."
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Example sentences
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
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.
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