gua·va | \ˈgwä-və \

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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With so many choices, many Hammond’s diners opt for the ice cream flight of six mini-cones of flavors like ginger cream, honey lavender and peanut butter guava. Pam Kragen,, "22 San Diego ice cream shops where you can cool off on this very hot day," 6 July 2018 One of Seven Stills’ few perennials, the plush Eight Pounds Per BBL leans into the widely popular non-bitter hazy IPA style, banking on muted fleshy stone fruit, ripe gold cantaloupe and subtle guava notes to appeal to the fresh beer-seeking masses., "The beers and whiskeys of Seven Stills," 1 July 2018 The weekend brunch menu includes a crustless quiche or strawberry Belgian waffles with guava caramel. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "19 new restaurants opened in Phoenix in May for donuts, salads, tacos, pizza," 1 June 2018 Eating tea-leaf salad or guava at the wrong time of the month is also dicing with death. The Economist, "In Myanmar, sex education comes from smartphones," 21 June 2018 Her bread, guava pastries, and handmade pasta are considered tasty national treasures. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Latina Cool Girl’s Guide to Mexico City," 4 June 2018 This sweet-tart blend of guava, pineapple, mango, tart cherry and lime juices gets a balancing touch of complexity and sophistication with an infusion of basil. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "This tropical guava-cherry punch satisfies both teetotalers and partiers," 27 June 2018 The ice comes doused in syrups of every fruit flavor — strawberry, pineapple, coconut; guava, lucuma, tamarind. Devra First,, "In search of brain freeze," 21 May 2018 The shop scoops up vegan as well as dairy ice cream in a variety of rotating flavors such as red bean and white chocolate, guava, black ash coconut, and passionfruit. Lauren Delgado,, "First look: Greenery Creamery scoops up creative ice creams in downtown Orlando," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of guava

: the sweet yellow fruit of a tropical American tree

: a tree that produces guavas


gua·va | \ˈgwä-və \

Kids Definition of guava

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

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