papaya

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

papaya \pa*pa"ya\, noun [Prob. from the native name in the West Indies; cf. Sp. papayo papaw, papaya the fruit of the papaw.]

1. (Bot.) A tree ({Carica Papaya}) of tropical America, belonging to the order {Passiflore[ae]}; called also {papaw} and {pawpaw}. It has a soft, spongy stem, eighteen or twenty feet high, crowned with a tuft of large, long-stalked, palmately lobed leaves. The milky juice of the plant is said to have the property of making meat tender. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The fruit of the papaya tree; it is a dull orange-colored, melon-shaped fruit, which is eaten both raw and cooked or pickled. The fruit contains {papain}, a protease. [1913 Webster + PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

papaya

noun

1: tropical American shrub or small tree having huge deeply palmately cleft leaves and large oblong yellow fruit [syn: {papaya}, {papaia}, {pawpaw}, {papaya tree}, {melon tree}, {Carica papaya}]

2: large oval melon-like tropical fruit with yellowish flesh


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