papaya

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noun 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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Origin and Etymology of papaya

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


PAPAYA Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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

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papaya

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noun 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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