Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An evergreen shrub (Acca sellowiana syn. Feijoa sellowiana) native to South America and cultivated as an ornamental and for its sweet, tart fruit. Also called pineapple guava.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A South American evergreen shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, having sweet, tart fruit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dark-green kiwi-sized tropical fruit with white flesh; used chiefly for jellies and preserves
  • n. South American shrub having edible greenish plumlike fruit

Etymologies

New Latin Feijoa, former genus name, after João da Silva Feijó (1760-1824), Brazilian soldier and naturalist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The nose expects to smell something green, but the immediate impression of a feijoa is a tropical mélange that evokes guava, strawberry, pineapple and violet notes.

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  • Eating a feijoa is a wonderful way to understand the nature of harmonious contrasts via taste and smell.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • On the house, pre-dessert was feijoa sorbet with caramel powder and cubed mango.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The first time I got to know about feijoa was from Brian's blog.

    Weird fruits in NZ

  • It's the salted caramel mousse with caramelized puff pastry, apple and cinnamon beignets, granny smith sorbet, feijoa and pain d'epice.

    The Search for Auckland's Best Fish Continues

  • The flavor and fragrance of feijoa defies categorization.

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  • There is something about the green element in feijoa that is at once familiar, yet seemingly incongruous and medicinal.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • In the garden grew everything necessary for human life: two types of pears, apples (champagne and winter), persimmons, green springtime plums [tkemali], plums, [feijoa], [medlar], figs and two kinds of cherries.

    With Abkhazian War Looming, Blogger Dreams of "Home"

  • The feijoa, or strawberry guava, is named after Spanish explorer and botanist Don de Silva Feijo, who found them in Brazil.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • I couldn't remember why I bought it...was it for a rich gravy that I was to make after roasting, to top a pavlova along with slices of feijoa, or was it for the top layer of the trifle's trinity?

    Blackberry Fool

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