pa·​pa·​ya | \pə-ˈpī-ə \

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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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 Smoked chicken is a brilliant addition to a crunchy green papaya salad with its rambunctious crew of tamarind, mint, rau ram and nuoc cham. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 The papayas were still green; chayotes and nopales would come soon. Joe Mozingo,, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 4 June 2018 Therefore, two types of the bacteria found on Maradol papayas — Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson — are causing widespread illness. Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATE] Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Papayas Continues to Spread," 4 Aug. 2017 In Hawaii, O’Keeffe painted hibiscus flowers, papayas, volcanic cliffs and waterfalls. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "See Georgia O’Keeffe’s Little-Known Hawaii Paintings Blossom Next to Real Plants," 30 May 2018 Melons, bananas and plantains, papayas, beans, avocados, guavas, mangoes, asparagus, shrimp, orange juice, and pineapples also rank high on the list of regional exports to the port. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "A new trade record is on the horizon for PortMiami in 2018 | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 Avocados lead 2018's clean fruits and veggies list, followed by sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and broccoli. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Strawberries again top 2018's 'Dirty Dozen' fruits and veggies," 10 Apr. 2018 Third round: dessert Ingredients: Lingonberry syrup, papaya, Greek yogurt and vanilla sandwich cookies. Debora Britz, azcentral, "Joy Bus Diner chef wins 10K on 'Chopped,' brings attention to Phoenix cause," 28 Mar. 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 \

Kids Definition of papaya

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


pa·​pa·​ya | \pə-ˈpī-ə \

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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