papaya

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noun pa·pa·ya \pə-ˈpī-ə\

Definition of papaya

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of papaya

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


First Known Use: 1598


PAPAYA Defined for English Language Learners

papaya

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noun pa·pa·ya \pə-ˈpī-ə\

Definition of papaya for English Language Learners

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


PAPAYA Defined for Kids

papaya

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noun pa·pa·ya \pə-ˈpī-ə\

Definition of papaya for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

papaya

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noun pa·pa·ya \pə-ˈpī-ə\

Medical Definition of papaya

  1. :  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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