noun pa·pa·ya \pə-ˈpī-ə\

: a yellowish-green fruit with black seeds that grows on a tropical tree

Full Definition of PAPAYA

:  a tropical American tree (Carica papaya of the family Caricaceae, the papaya family) having an oblong to globose yellow edible fruit with numerous black seeds in a central cavity; also :  its fruit

Origin of PAPAYA

Spanish, of American Indian origin; akin to Arawak papáia papaya
First Known Use: 1598

Rhymes with PAPAYA


noun pa·pa·ya \pə-ˈpī-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PAPAYA

:  a tropical American tree of the genus Carica (C. papaya) with large oblong yellow edible fruit; also :  its fruit which is the source of papain


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