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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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Recent Examples on the Web Growing up on the Kekaha Sugar plantation on Kauai, Hawaii, Misa Maruyama Jones always enjoyed tasting the moringa leaves in her cup of tinola, a soothing chicken-and-green-papaya soup that her Filipino neighbors would make. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 1 Oct. 2020 Full of vitamin C, papaya, and lemon, this daily serum offers instant skin hydration and helps even out skin tone in the long term. The Editors, Marie Claire, "52 New Beauty Products That Will Change Your Life," 29 Sep. 2020 Because while other scrubs typically rely on ground-up shell powder or mild acids to clear off your dead skin, Tatcha’s formula uses a gentle combination of extra-fine rice bran and papaya enzymes. Shanna Shipin, Glamour, "Tatcha Is Having a Huge Labor Day Sale Right Now," 3 Sep. 2020 Thum will have menu items such as egg rolls, fried sticky rice cakes, chicken wings, green papaya salad, grilled beef or chicken, and chicken laab salad. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thum, serving Lao fare, joins Crossroads Collective on the east side," 2 June 2020 Each $50 meal includes the restaurant’s chopped barbecue fried rice, sweet and sour fried chicken, white curry with burnt ends, papaya salad and jasmine rice. oregonlive, "Eem, Hat Yai among top Portland restaurants reopening with takeout, delivery," 14 Apr. 2020 Place each papaya seed about 1/4-inch deep in the soil. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "How to grow your own fruits and vegetables — from food scraps," 10 July 2019 As a kid, my mom rubbed virgin coconut oil into my hair, massaged papaya soap into my skin, and slathered seaweed masks onto my face. Shanna Shipin, Glamour, "I've Never Loved Anything More Than This Brazilian Bum Bum Cream," 27 Mar. 2020 The chimps had been coming closer for a year or two, prowling all throughout Kyamajaka village, searching for food, ripping bananas from the trees, grabbing mangoes and papayas and whatever else tempted them. David Quammen, National Geographic, "‘I am scared all the time’: Chimps and people are clashing in rural Uganda," 8 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of papaya was in 1598

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14 Oct 2020

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“Papaya.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of papaya

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


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Kids Definition of papaya

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


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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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