guava

noun
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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Chef José Santaella, a protégé of Eric Ripert and Ferran Adrià, puts a modern twist on classic Puerto Rican ingredients, like beef sliders with sweet plantains and red-wine mayonnaise, and seared scallops over guava and pineapple jam. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 If you, like some of the Lab's testers, want the product with a different scent, there are five other options available: green tea and avocado, coconut and guava, Hawaiian hibiscus, fig and pomegranate, and berry and sage. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018 Pastry options generally include fresh fruit danishes, pineapple and blueberry scones, and refrigerated cake squares in flavors like guava, chocolate haupia and chantilly (a macadamia nut version of German chocolate). Jill Lightner, The Seattle Times, "Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe: sweet treats and Hawaiian snacks at great prices," 1 Oct. 2018 The effect is particularly spellbinding on a pair of statement earrings, lending a soft halo to guava rose quartz orbs that appear to float in midair. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Yael Sonia Is Bringing the Artisanal Traditions of the Amazon to the World of Fine Jewelry," 11 Sep. 2018 There's no food to speak of, except for guava in fruit bowls scattered around the space. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018 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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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. SFChronicle.com, "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

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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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guava

noun

English Language Learners Definition of guava

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

guava

noun
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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