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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In Hawaii, O’Keeffe painted hibiscus flowers, papayas, volcanic cliffs and waterfalls. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "See Georgia O’Keeffe’s Little-Known Hawaii Paintings Blossom Next to Real Plants," 30 May 2018 Melons, bananas and plantains, papayas, beans, avocados, guavas, mangoes, asparagus, shrimp, orange juice, and pineapples also rank high on the list of regional exports to the port. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "A new trade record is on the horizon for PortMiami in 2018 | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 Avocados lead 2018's clean fruits and veggies list, followed by sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and broccoli. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Strawberries again top 2018's 'Dirty Dozen' fruits and veggies," 10 Apr. 2018 Third round: dessert Ingredients: Lingonberry syrup, papaya, Greek yogurt and vanilla sandwich cookies. Debora Britz, azcentral, "Joy Bus Diner chef wins 10K on 'Chopped,' brings attention to Phoenix cause," 28 Mar. 2018 Joining the Center Market on Saturday is Fat Corgi Confections with chocolate covered sea salt caramels, chocolate turtles, peanut butter cups, chocolate covered papaya and chocolate bark. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Last week’s warm weather means more local veggies at farmers markets this week," 11 July 2018 Other sources of lycopene include watermelon, red grapefruit and papaya, said Hermoni. Mari A. Schaefer,, "Q&A: Can you use tomatoes as a natural alternative to sunscreen?," 30 June 2018 The beer does indeed boast fruity tropical notes (think: papaya) but is well carbonated and dries out into a fairly crisp finish. Josh Noel,, "11 easy-drinking, refreshing — and, yes, crushable — beers of summer," 6 June 2018 Hazy IPAs range in character from the mandarin-orange sweetness of Other Half Brewing Co.’s Citra + Azacca to the almost savory, papaya-like fruitiness of WeldWerks Brewing’s Juicy Bits. William Bostwick, WSJ, "The Beers of Summer: Hazy IPAs," 24 May 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 \

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 \

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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