noun \ˈgwä-və\

: the sweet yellow fruit of a tropical American tree

: a tree that produces guavas

Full Definition of GUAVA

:  any of several tropical American shrubs or small trees (genus Psidium) of the myrtle family; especially :  a shrubby tree (P. guajava) widely cultivated for its sweet acid yellow or pink fruit
:  the roundish to pear-shaped fruit of a guava

Origin of GUAVA

Spanish guaba, guayaba, perhaps from Taino
First Known Use: 1604

Rhymes with GUAVA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of many trees and shrubs of the genus Psidium (myrtle family), native to the New World tropics. The two important species are common guava (P. guajava) and cattley, or strawberry, guava (P. littorale or P. cattleianum). The sweet pulp of the common guava fruit has a musky, sometimes pungent odour. The pulp of the strawberry guava fruit has a strawberry-like flavour. Guavas are processed into jams, jellies, and preserves. Fresh guavas are rich in vitamins A, B, and C; they are eaten raw or sliced and are served as desserts.


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