Definitions

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

  • n. An evergreen, usually dioecious, tropical American tree (Carica papaya) having a crown of palmately divided leaves with pinnate lobes and large yellow edible fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tropical American evergreen tree, Carica papaya, having large, yellow, edible fruit
  • n. The fruit of this tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tree (Carica Papaya) of tropical America, belonging to the order Passifloreæ; 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.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A former genus of trees, the papaws, of the order Passifloraceæ, now included in Carica. See Carica and papaw.
  • n. [lowercase] A tree of this genus.

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

  • n. tropical American shrub or small tree having huge deeply palmately cleft leaves and large oblong yellow fruit
  • n. large oval melon-like tropical fruit with yellowish flesh

Etymologies

Spanish and Portuguese, both of Cariban origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish, originally from Arawak papáia (Wiktionary)

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  • Brackets around "schwa-aye-schwa" please, pterodactyl.

    January 19, 2011

  • Pterodactyl, the longest left-handed Dvorak keyboard words I've found are epopoeia, jipijapa, peekapoo, and quiaquia; longest right-handed is crwth.

    April 6, 2008

  • Thank you! I'll have to add them all to my list.

    Edit: Mollusque, I didn't realize you had your own typewriter list--thanks for the reference there! :-)

    April 6, 2008

  • Johnny-jump-up and phyllophyllin.

    April 6, 2008

  • How about right-handed?

    April 6, 2008

  • There are a few English words longer than "stewardesses" that can be typed left-handed: detractresses (13 letters), and tesseradecades, aftercataracts, and sweaterdresses (14 letters).

    April 6, 2008

  • I think that "papaya" is a perfectly logical euphemism. Even the words sound similar -- they share that "schwa-aye-schwa" vowel pattern.

    April 5, 2008

  • Then, either the three of us are all sick, or it resembles something that I named before.

    April 5, 2008

  • Only to scoop out the seeds. And then?

    April 5, 2008

  • I have to tell you, my friends.
    In my house, we (I, my housemate, my lifemate and any guest) use papaya as a synonym of vagina. Ever cut a papaya in halves?

    April 5, 2008

  • In my next incarnation as one-armed papaya salesman, it's gonna be Dvorak all the way, baby.

    April 5, 2008

  • PT, you may want to check out my Sound of One Hand Typing list. I have "stewardess" on there, but not the plural. And I haven't done a Dvorak keyboard version yet. :-)

    April 5, 2008

  • I vaguely remember hearing that "papaya" is the longest word you can type with one hand on a Dvorak keyboard, and that this is supposed to be a selling point for Dvorak keyboards.

    I also remember hearing that "stewardesses" is the longest word you can type with one hand on a QWERTY keyboard, but that memory is more vague, and probably false.

    April 5, 2008

  • sionnach, I always thought the difference was akin to that between sphere and circle. I could be wrong though. Signed, Too Lazy to Check.

    December 8, 2007

  • I think sionnach and I should go to the market. As friends, mind you, as friends.

    December 8, 2007

  • Can fruit really be oblong? I know that the Japanese have genetically engineered cubic grapefruit, for ease of packing. But, in the wild, are there really oblong fruit?

    This comment is based on a prior belief that oblong implied a rectilinear aspect, in addition to the 'longer than it is wide' property. Some random google checking would suggest that oblong objects may not necessarily have corners. In which case I fail to understand the difrerence between oblong and oval.

    December 8, 2007

  • Yeah, pregnant women usually have enough papapapapain to look forward to already. ;)

    December 8, 2007

  • After having skinned my bonce on these in the jungles of Asia, I resent WordNET claiming them as American. Besides, when they splitted open on my forehad they were as often red or orange as yellow. The green ones didn't break usually because they were unripe; grated, they make a damn good salad in Cambodia. The leaves are eaten in Asia as a kind of vegetable. They're very bitter and not recommended for pregnant women presumably because of the papain levels.

    December 8, 2007

  • Good grief.

    December 8, 2007

  • Where would we be without phrases like "huge deeply palmately cleft leaves"? I feel quite aroused.

    December 8, 2007

  • I shoot WordNET. Now.

    December 8, 2007