guava

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noun gua·va \ˈgwä-və\

Definition of guava

  1. 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. 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.

Origin and Etymology of guava

Spanish guaba, guayaba, perhaps from Taino


GUAVA Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of guava for English Language Learners

  • : the sweet yellow fruit of a tropical American tree

  • : a tree that produces guavas


GUAVA Defined for Kids

guava

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noun gua·va \ˈgwä-və\

Definition of guava for Students

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



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