- a tropical American tree (Carica papaya) of the papaya family, resembling a palm, having a bunch of large leaves at the top, and bearing a large, oblong, yellowish-orange fruit like a melon
- its fruit, eaten raw or cooked, and also valued for its juice
Origin of papayaSpanish ; from Carib or Arawak name of the fruit
designating a family (Caricaceae, order Violales) of tropical and subtropical dicotyledonous trees and shrubs
- An evergreen tropical American tree (Carica papaya) with a crown of large lobed leaves, widely cultivated for its large yellow edible fruit.
- The fruit of this tree, having soft pink to orange flesh and numerous small black seeds. In both senses also called pawpaw.
Origin of papayaSpanish papaya, of Arawakan origin.