What word or phrase does your mother always say?


[puh-pah-yuh] /pəˈpɑ yə/
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.
Origin of papaya
1760-70; < Spanish < Carib (Hispaniola)
Related forms
papayan, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for papaya
  • 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.
  • Dabbing a ball of sticky rice into a fiery green-papaya salad, the lady in red blinks back tears.
  • The fish is wrapped around papaya, which was an interesting combination.
  • For dessert, try the plate piled with fresh papaya, guava and watermelon.
  • Heavy infestation of papaya mealybug on papaya stem.
  • Place oranges, banana, kiwi and berries in each papaya half.
British Dictionary definitions for papaya


a Caribbean evergreen tree, Carica papaya, with a crown of large dissected leaves and large green hanging fruit: family Caricaceae
the fruit of this tree, having a yellow or reddish orange sweet edible pulp and small black seeds
Also called papaw, pawpaw
Derived Forms
papayan, adjective
Word Origin
C15 papaye, from Spanish papaya, from an American Indian language; compare Carib ababai
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for papaya

1590s for fruit, 1610s for tree, from Spanish, probably from Arawakan (West Indies) papaya.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for papaya

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for papaya

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with papaya