pa·​pa·​ya | \ pə-ˈpī-ə How to pronounce papaya (audio) \

Definition of papaya

: a tropical American tree (Carica papaya of the family Caricaceae, the papaya family) having an oblong to globose yellow edible fruit with numerous black seeds in a central cavity also : its fruit

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Tamayo, 50, picks through papayas and pineapples, checking every piece of fruit. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "This Miami food truck is a grocery store on wheels — where convenience comes to you," 2 July 2018 Savage says, as steam rises from the nearby papaya and banana trees between monsoonal downpours. Aaron Smith, CNN, "The 'forgotten people': When death came to the Torres Strait," 25 May 2018 But the shade can be kind of hard to pinpoint—in the online sea of items, Living Coral goes by many names (salmon, papaya, et cetera). Anny Choi, Vogue, "Pantone Announces Its Color of 2019—Here’s How to Add it to Your Home," 7 Dec. 2018 Try the local fave, a Filipino ode garnished with pickled papaya, avocado, mayo, sriracha, and crushed chicharróns. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "4 Hot Dogs in L.A. That Are Anything but Mundane," 9 May 2018 There’s a slight slurping sound as the papaya seeds are sucked into the aspirator’s main chamber. Meghan Racklin, Glamour, "The New Abortion Underground Starts with Information," 22 Jan. 2019 The papayas, pineapples, and other fruits that are incorporated into their products are all grown on local organic farms nearby. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica," 2 Jan. 2019 And more than 80% of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions and cabbages tested negative for pesticide residues. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Strawberries again top 2018's 'Dirty Dozen' fruits and veggies," 10 Apr. 2018 Wang Lang Market is nearby and our go-to for insanely fresh papaya salad. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Mini Black Book: Bangkok," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of papaya

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papaya

Spanish, of American Indian origin; akin to Arawak papáia papaya

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English Language Learners Definition of papaya

: a yellowish-green fruit with black seeds that grows on a tropical tree


pa·​pa·​ya | \ pə-ˈpī-ə How to pronounce papaya (audio) \

Kids Definition of papaya

: a yellow fruit that has a sweet flesh and many black seeds and grows on a tropical American tree


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Medical Definition of papaya

: a tropical American tree of the genus Carica (C. papaya) with large oblong yellow edible fruit also : its fruit which is the source of papain

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