Definition of guava in US English:

guava

noun

  • 1An edible, pale orange tropical fruit with pink juicy flesh and a strong sweet aroma.

    • ‘Other good sources include tomatoes, red and pink grapefruit, and guava.’
    • ‘Lycopene, meanwhile, a particularly potent antioxidant, is found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, pink grapefruit, apricots and blood oranges.’
    • ‘Fruits like oranges, guavas, pawpaws and others will be grown.’
    • ‘Fresh figs, pineapples, papayas, guavas, passion fruit, and mangoes contain an enzyme called protease, which breaks clown the protein in gelatin and prevents the liquid from setting.’
    • ‘The ride, over rolling jungle paths, was excellent - I broke a sweat but still had time to stop and pick wild avocados, bananas, and guavas.’
    • ‘The fruits used were kumquat, orange, lemon, and guava; all fruits were uninfested and thoroughly washed and dried before an experiment.’
    • ‘Minced fruits such as banana, guava, papaya and apple are also given to the bird, says the Park Superintendent and the Range Officer, S. Ramadoss.’
    • ‘Major crops include millet, groundnuts, sesame seed, corn, wheat, and fruits (dates, mangoes, guavas, bananas, and citrus).’
    • ‘There were mangoes, pawpaw, banana, coconut, guava, lemons, orange and avocado.’
    • ‘Tomatoes hold the highest natural concentration of lycopene, but the pigment can also be found in watermelon, pink grapefruit, red guava, papaya and apricots, as well as in the skins of red grapes.’
    • ‘So this might be banana and strawberry, or banana and a tropical fruit like mango or guava.’
    • ‘One recently published study suggests that lycopene, which gives tomatoes, guava, watermelon and pink grapefruit their red color, may have immune-enhancing properties.’
    • ‘I watched him this morning juicing a grapefruit, guava, blood orange, mango, plums, and grapes and pouring the elixir into a giant glass pitcher.’
    • ‘In addition to tomatoes and tomato-based products, lycopene is also found in watermelon, papaya, pink grapefruit, and pink guava.’
    • ‘Besides pineapples, Hawaii's fruit industry produces papayas, bananas, guavas, avocados, and other specialty fruit, including mangoes, lychees, rambutans, and starfruits.’
    • ‘Milk, cheese, eggs, green leafy vegetables, carrot, radish, turnip and fruits like apple and guava contain these.’
    • ‘This search for perfection becomes the motivating factor in the account of a lady wandering through fruit markets looking for her favourite fruit, the red guava.’
    • ‘Each fruit blooms in its own season - cherries, pineapples, guavas, mangoes, sugar apples - filling the air with magical sweet scents of flowering plants getting ready to bring forth their bounty.’
    • ‘The 13 kinds of fruit are sugar apples, pineapples, papayas, star fruits, mangoes, guavas, bell fruits, grapefruits, coconuts, loquats, plums, peaches and persimmons.’
    • ‘There are different varieties of jamba fruits and guavas.’
  • 2The small tropical American tree that bears the guava.

    Genus Psidium, family Myrtaceae: several species, in particular P. guajava

    • ‘Among the invasive species found here and there are Brazilian peppertree, guava, laurel fig, melaleuca, Old World climbing fern, and strangler fig.’
    • ‘Nonnative trees include strawberry guava, common guava, rose apple, kukui (a candlenut), and avocado, while two of the shrubs are lantana and a type of raspberry called ola'a.’
    • ‘Pineapple guava, 12 feet, is another good choice with red-white flowers, and the fruit makes a tasty jelly.’
    • ‘Around the garden she has fruit trees like guava, mango, jack fruit, figs, sapota, custard apple, avocado bulls-heart and in the centre is the foliage.’
    • ‘And all the guavas, the peaches, the betel nuts and the blackberries in their garden were planted by the three of them, with each other's help.’
    • ‘Many southern gardens don't have tulips, forsythia or daffodils, but instead have guava, pineapple and amaryllis.’
    • ‘Trampled areas, and especially ridges, tend to have a low number of native species and are typified by scrub of Lantana camara, Psidium guava, Conyza bonariensis and the grasses Paspalum conjugatum B.Berguis and Sorghum sudanense.’
    • ‘Guided from within by my satguru, I hired a bulldozer and instructed the driver to follow me as I walked to the north edge of the property that was then a tangle of buffalo grass and wild guava.’
    • ‘Bats pollinate wild bananas (not the cultivated ones that are parthenocarpic), breadfruit, guava and durian.’
    • ‘The variety lucida, known as the Chinese strawberry guava, bears yellow fruits which are particularly good.’
    • ‘Carefully planted in extremely diverse sections, there were formal gardens, as well as fruit groves of mangoes, guavas and citrus trees.’
    • ‘Their gardens yielded arrow-root, beans, cassava, cucumbers, melons, maize, and yams; for fruit they cultivated the guava, mammee, papaw and star-apple.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Spanish guayaba, probably from Taino.

Pronunciation

guava

/ˈɡwɑvə//ˈɡwävə/