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.

Examples of guava in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The slushee-style Sour Ale is fermented with strong notes of mango and pink guava. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Railroad Brewing 3rd anniversary, Cleveland Whiskey-Avon Brewing party, more - beer calendar," 17 Feb. 2020 Three small glasses bring icy swirls of mango and strawberry, a tangy guava and lime mix and a respectable house margarita. Mike Sutter,, "Middle Eastern appetizer feast from Medical Center restaurant Al-Amir Cafe & Grill the best thing to eat in San Antonio this month," 16 Dec. 2019 His eyebrows raised at the taste of a guava and cheese pastelito. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "One of the world’s best chefs came to Miami. So we made him try croquetas," 29 Jan. 2018 The Pupule definitely meets that requirement with its blend of lime, guava and the spicy Caribbean syrup falernum. Trevor Fraser,, "Punch Day: Orlando Tiki bar’s drink packs a wallop," 19 Sep. 2019 Snack choices include crispy hominy, tomato bread with manchego cheese or goat cheese croquettes with red chili guava. Michael Mayo,, "8 picks for great meal deals during Fort Lauderdale restaurant months," 31 July 2019 By far the bestsellers, quesitos are made daily with both guava and cheese. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Long-awaited family-run bakery and cafe serves up Puerto Rican specialties," 12 Dec. 2019 In addition to a rotating selection of pastries available in the first-floor café, Havana 1920 offers a sweet spin on empanadas like the Empanada De Queso y Guyaba, sweet pastry filled with cream cheese and guava. San Diego Union-Tribune, "26 places to celebrate National Dessert Day 2019 in San Diego," 7 Oct. 2019 The Beehive’s Quimbara cocktail made with guava puree, Aperol, lime and Santa Teresa 1796 rum. Maggie Hoffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can the new Beehive bar rekindle the old cocktail magic of Range?," 22 May 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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The first known use of guava was in 1604

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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Guava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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 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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