PITAYA

pitahaya

[pit-uh-hahy-uh]
noun
1.
any of several cacti of the genus Lemaireocereus and related genera, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, bearing edible fruit.
2.
the fruit of such a cactus.
Also, pitaya [pi-tahy-uh] .


Origin:
1750–60, Americanism; < American Spanish < Taino

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pitahaya (ˌpɪtəˈhaɪə)
 
n
1.  any giant cactus of Central America and the SW United States, esp the saguaro
2.  Also called: dragon fruit the edible red pulpy fruit of such cacti, which has a mild sweet flavour
 
[C18: Mexican Spanish, from Haitian Creole]

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