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
Recent Examples of papaya from the Web
There’s now an extended three-hour happy hour with $8 daiquiris and $5 BBQ duck sliders with green papaya salad.
Other fruit or juices popular in tiki cocktails include guava, lychee, mango, papaya, tangerine, tamarind and peach.
The avocado was cut up on the side, and the papaya joined cut bing cherries and blueberries mixed with a little sugar in a cup.
The accompanying papaya salad listed on the menu wasn’t available that day, our server said.
A bit different from other papaya salads in the region, this one was light on spice and big on crunch thanks to the peanuts.
The veggie menu includes spring rolls, tofu lettuce wraps, a papaya salad and entrees such as eggplant with spicy basil ($11).
Pineapple, papaya, guava, Meyer lemon, even dry seaweed — all of these ingredients are being used by local craft breweries to create new spring and summer beers.
This much MAC understands, having decorated every product in hibiscus flowers, palm leaves, pineapple, and papaya.
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Origin and Etymology of papaya
Spanish, of American Indian origin; akin to Arawak papáia papaya
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
PAPAYA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of papaya for English Language Learners
: a yellowish-green fruit with black seeds that grows on a tropical tree
PAPAYA Defined for Kids
Definition of papaya for Students
: a yellow fruit that has a sweet flesh and many black seeds and grows on a tropical American tree
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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