Simple Definition of guava
: the sweet yellow fruit of a tropical American tree
: a tree that produces guavas
Full Definition of guava
1 : 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
2 : the roundish to pear-shaped fruit of a guava
Did You Know?
This is any of many trees and shrubs of a genus that is native to the New World tropics. The two important species are common guava and cattley, or strawberry, guava. The sweet pulp of the common guava fruit has a musky, sometimes pungent odor. The pulp of the strawberry guava fruit has a strawberry-like flavor. Guavas are processed into jams, jellies, and preserves. Fresh guavas are rich in vitamins A, B, and C. They are eaten raw, sliced, and are often served in desserts.
Origin and Etymology of guava
Spanish guaba, guayaba, perhaps from Taino
First Known Use: 1604
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Definition of guava for Students
: the sweet fruit of a tropical American tree that has yellow or pink pulp
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