Definition of papaya in English:

papaya

Line breaks: pa¦paya
Pronunciation: /pəˈpʌɪə
 
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noun

1A tropical fruit shaped like an elongated melon, with edible orange flesh and small black seeds. Also called papaw or pawpaw.
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  • Lutein is found in spinach, leeks, peas, kiwi fruits, black grapes and romaine lettuce, while rich sources of zeaxanthin include sweetcorn, red peppers, nectarines, papaya and honeydew melon.
  • Make an unusual, tasty and colourful salad with steamed spinach and fruits such as apples, grapes, orange segments, papaya and melon.
  • Scoop the seeds out of a melon or a medium papaya, and fill this edible bowl with 1/2 cup of ice cream.
2 (also papaya tree) The fast-growing tree which bears the papaya, native to warm regions of America. It is widely cultivated for its fruit, both for eating and for papain production.
  • Carica papaya, family Caricaceae
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  • Fast-growing papayas like sun and a well-draining, organically enriched soil and water.
  • The papaya, from the tree Carica Papaya, is also known as mamao, tree melon, or pawpaw (not to be confused with the true pawpaw).
  • Here and now, in a cooperative of 36 families, papaya and lime trees shaded thatched houses elegantly constructed of smooth wooden poles.

Origin

late 16th century: from Spanish and Portuguese (see pawpaw).

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