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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Produce: Tomatoes, lettuce, pumpkins, plantains, avocados, grapefruit, watermelons, cantaloupes and papayas. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 Sandwiches include a smoky papaya chicken, ahi tuna melt, and shrimp and avocado club. Daily Pilot, "On Food: Fork & Salad brings the ohana spirit of healthy eating to Orange," 8 Aug. 2019 If that’s not enough incentive enough to purchase it, the Hawaiian Tropic lotion is super hydrating, made with nourishing ingredients like aloe, shea butter, and papaya extracts, and will cool down your skin after a day in the sun. Christina Butan,, "The Best Beauty Buys on Amazon This Month, Including Drew Barrymore’s Favorite Sunscreen," 1 Aug. 2019 The High Altitude Facial ($230), for example, incorporates a lemon cream cleanse, a papaya pineapple mask and biogenic topical serums to revitalize and smooth the skin. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Serious self-care: A guide to Colorado’s must-visit spas," 30 July 2019 During the month, Fernando Alonso drove the papaya orange McLaren No. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Sources: McLaren pursuing Colton Herta, full-season partnership with IndyCar team for 2020," 29 July 2019 Crunchy, shredded green papaya in a spicy, funky dressing could be an appetizer, side dish or, when tossed with some shrimp, a light main course. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Make peak fruit season your peak salad season with these 10 fresh recipes," 22 July 2019 When crop rotation, pesticides and legacy breeding techniques failed to halt its spread, scientists used genetic engineering to give the papaya a vaccine against the virus. Hank Campbell, WSJ, "Science Saves an Old Chestnut," 19 June 2019 Sweet papaya and earthy kale pick up smoke on the grill. Sunset Magazine, "This Open-Fire Filipino Feast Is Ideal for a Backyard BBQ or Campfire Gathering," 22 Jan. 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


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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