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

Examples of papaya in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Papayas, or Carica papaya, belong to the small Caricaceae family. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 16 Sep. 2021 One evening after dinner a few weeks into my first bout of fieldwork in Bolivia in 2009, the combination of thirst and hunger led me to devour a large papaya. Asher Y. Rosinger, Scientific American, 1 July 2021 So what about the rumor about eating papaya seeds for parasites? Casey Gueren, SELF, 19 Aug. 2021 Designed with all skin types in mind, this powder-to-foam cleanser exfoliates and enriches the skin with antioxidant-rich papaya and green tea enzymes to restore your complexion's brightness, evenness, and smoothness. Ariel Scotti,, 13 Aug. 2021 Infused with papaya and pineapple, this Saturday Skin peel gently sloughs away dead skin and clears your pores to reveal a bright, glowy complexion. Kari Molvar, Forbes, 4 July 2021 Enter the house atchara, a Filipino green papaya pickled with Datu Puti sugarcane vinegar, that’s bolstered with carrots and onions. Joseph Hernande, Bon Appétit, 23 July 2021 Salicylic acid, lactic acid and papaya enzyme work gently to slough off dead skin cells responsible for dull complexions and uneven texture. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Anchovy isn’t part of the brine for the sandwich, but fish sauce is in the papaya slaw. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 June 2021

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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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21 Sep 2021

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“Papaya.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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


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

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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