gua·​va | \ ˈgwä-və How to pronounce guava (audio) \

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 yellow-skined fruit with sweet acid yellow or pink flesh
2 : the roundish to pear-shaped fruit of a guava

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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Mini guava tarts and chocolate chip cookies are also available in a decorative tin ($28). Janelle Bitker,, "26 Bay Area restaurants celebrating Christmas with takeout meals," 10 Dec. 2020 For a taste of Hawaii, a box of warm malasadas with flavors like passion fruit and guava at WikiWiki donuts. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "We asked Alaska foodies for local-centric gift ideas. Here are dozens of their favorites.," 17 Dec. 2020 Goya guava paste and Mexican chocolate were modestly priced treats with long shelf lives. Washington Post, "I grew up learning to cook what’s on hand, and now it’s my pandemic superpower," 8 Dec. 2020 The technicians offered the nymphs a buffet of fragrant guava, bramble and salal leaves. New York Times, "He Was a Stick, She Was a Leaf; Together They Made History," 1 Dec. 2020 This is the last month for planting subtropicals like banana, citrus, avocado, cherimoya, or guava. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "October chores for home gardeners," 3 Oct. 2020 The vegan guava sticky bun from Tavo’s Joint, a new Venezuelan spot in SoMa, is such a brilliant bite. Soleil Ho,, "Here’s why you should get a restaurant meal for Thanksgiving this year," 16 Nov. 2020 Additionally, it's made with skin-loving ingredients like glycerin, calming magnolia bark extract, and guava leaf extract. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Victoria Beckham's 9-Year-Old Daughter Did Her Makeup, and It's Daytime Smoky Eye Perfection," 8 Nov. 2020 Our guava tree leaves are covered with a black substance. Tom Maccubbin,, "How and when to fertilize banana plantings," 10 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of guava

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guava

Spanish guaba, guayaba, perhaps from Taino

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The first known use of guava was in 1604

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13 Jan 2021

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“Guava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guava

: the sweet yellow fruit of a tropical American tree
: a tree that produces guavas


gua·​va | \ ˈgwä-və How to pronounce guava (audio) \

Kids Definition of guava

: the sweet fruit of a tropical American tree that has yellow or pink pulp

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