: the green round or oval juicy fruit of a shrub or small tree (Feijoa sellowiana) of the myrtle family that is native to South America and is grown commercially especially in New Zealand
also : the tree or shrub

Examples of feijoa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cocktails incorporate many ingredients common in Latin America including the purple chicha morada, hoja santa, mole, feijoa and ancho chile. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 From his bedroom window, Mr. Matallana-Puerto saw that the brown rat accounted for 88 percent of all animal visits to feijoa flowers. New York Times, 22 June 2022 Matallana-Puerto staked out 22 feijoa plants to observe whether rats could potentially be pollinating them. Carol Stocker, BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2022 If the rats are pollinating the feijoa plants, their behavior is a bit unusual. New York Times, 22 June 2022 Earlier this month, the brewery released Kiwi Wrangler Kolsch, a beer featuring New Zealand hops, kiwifruit, and Brazilian feijoa puree. BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2021 Your pineapple guava, also known as the feijoa, grows as a shrub to small tree that eventually needs a 25-gallon or larger container. Tom MacCubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 27 July 2019 Add the dry mixture to the feijoa mixture and stir until just combined. San Antonio Express-News, 13 June 2018 Pineapple guava plants, also called feijoa shrubs, can be grown in foundation plantings, used as hedges or developed into tree forms with their attractive silvery foliage. Tom MacCubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, 24 June 2017

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Word History


New Latin, genus name, from João da Silva Feijó †1824 Brazilian naturalist

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feijoa was in 1898

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“Feijoa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feijoa. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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