papayas

papaya

[puh-pah-yuh]
noun
1.
the large, yellow, melonlike fruit of a tropical American shrub or small tree, Carica papaya, eaten raw or cooked.
2.
the tree itself.
Also called pawpaw.


Origin:
1760–70; < Spanish < Carib (Hispaniola)

papayan, adjective
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papaya (pəˈpaɪə)
 
n
1.  a Caribbean evergreen tree, Carica papaya, with a crown of large dissected leaves and large green hanging fruit: family Caricaceae
2.  the fruit of this tree, having a yellow sweet edible pulp and small black seeds
 
[C15 papaye, from Spanish papaya, from an American Indian language; compare Carib ababai]
 
pa'payan
 
adj

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papaya
1598 for fruit, 1613 for tree, from Sp., probably from Arawakan (W.Indies) papaya.
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