pitaya

noun pi·taya \ pə-ˈtī-ə \
variants: or pitahaya play \ˌpi-tə-ˈhī-ə\
|Updated on: 21 Aug 2018

Definition of pitaya

plural pitayas or pitahayas
1 : any of several erect, sprawling, or vining cacti (as of the genera Selenicereus, Hylocereus, or Sternocereus) of Central and South America and Mexico that have large colorful fruits : dragon fruit 2
  • … he was enthusiastic about the prospects of the pitahaya, which is grown in Central America and in Asia, where it's known as dragon fruit.
  • —John Seabrook
2 : the large, usually red, yellow, or white oval or oblong fruit of a pitaya that typically has leathery skin with prominent scaly spikes and a juicy flesh with many tiny black seeds : dragon fruit 1
  • Native to Central and South America, where it's called pitaya or pitahaya, the fruit traveled to Southeast Asia with the French more than a century ago.
  • —A. R. Williams

First Known Use of pitaya

1847

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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