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feijoa

[fey-yoh-uh, -hoh-uh] /feɪˈyoʊ ə, -ˈhoʊ ə/
noun
1.
a shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of the myrtle family, native to South America, bearing edible, greenish, plumlike fruit.
2.
the fruit of this shrub.
Also called pineapple guava.
Origin
< Neo-Latin (1858), after João da Silva Feijó (1760-1824), Brazilian soldier and naturalist; see -a2
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feijoa

/fiːˈdʒəʊə/
noun
1.
an evergreen myrtaceous shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of South America
2.
the fruit of this shrub
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, named after J. da Silva Feijo, 19th-century Spanish botanist
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Encyclopedia Article for pineapple-guava

feijoa

(species Feijoa sellowiana), small tree of the family Myrtaceae, related to the guava and often called pineapple guava. It is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and parts of Argentina and is cultivated in mild, dry climates for its fruit. The feijoa was introduced into southern Europe in 1890 and into California about 1900.

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