gua·​va ˈgwä-və How to pronounce guava (audio)
: 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-skinned fruit with sweet acid yellow or pink flesh
: 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.

Examples of guava in a Sentence

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Word History


Spanish guaba, guayaba, perhaps from Taino

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of guava was in 1604

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“Guava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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gua·​va ˈgwäv-ə How to pronounce guava (audio)
: the sweet acid yellow-skinned fruit of a shrubby tropical American tree of the myrtle family that is used especially for making jelly and jam
also : a tree that produces guavas and is widely grown in cultivation

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