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-skinned 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.

Examples of guava in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the fruit soaks, add the guava cubes to the flour mixture, tossing them so they are coated in the dry ingredients and don’t stick together; each cube should remain separate. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 That one is sweetened with a splash of guava purée and a whisper of coconut syrup. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Her serums include oils made from sandalwood seeds, kiwi seeds, guava seeds, prickly pear seeds, blackberry seeds, raspberry seeds, jojoba seeds and frankincense. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2022 The Judging panel described the whiskey as: Expressive aromatics of red fruits, mango, guava, and Christmas cake baking spices. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Plant citrus, guava, banana and other heat-lovers now. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 Siren: Agricole rum, white rum, guava, blood orange, demerara and lime. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 8 Feb. 2022 The nose gives up whiffs of spicy jasmine with Meyer lemon, Asian pear, pretty stone fruit, guava and hints of green tea. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2022 Bell's will begin shipping Tropical Oberon Ale, which is Oberon Ale brewed with mango, guava and passion fruit, in mid-April. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Guava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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