|Papaya plant and fruit, from Koehler's Medicinal-Plants (1887)|
|Papaya cross section showing orange flesh and numerous black seeds|
The papaya (//, US: //) (from Carib via Spanish), papaw, (//) or pawpaw (//) is the plant Carica papaya, one of the 22 accepted species in the genus Carica of the family Caricaceae. Its origin is in the tropics of the Americas, perhaps from Central America and southern Mexico.
From Spanish papaya, from Arawak papáia.
- IPA(key): /pəˈpaɪə/, /pəˈpɑːjə/
- Rhymes: -aɪə, -ɑːjə
papaya (plural papayas)
- A tropical American evergreen tree, Carica papaya, having large, yellow, edible fruit
- The fruit of this tree.
- An orange colour, like that of papaya flesh.
- pawpaw (Australia), common term for papaya, but strictly speaking this refers to a different tree / fruit