from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tropical American shrubs and trees of the genus Psidium, especially P. guajava, having white flowers and edible fruit.
- n. The fruit of this plant, having sweet, usually reddish or pinkish flesh.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tropical tree or shrub of the myrtle family, Psidium guajava.
- n. Its yellowish tropical fruit, 1¼ to 2 inches, globular or pear-shaped with thin, yellow, green or brown skin, is often made into jams and jellies. The meat is yellowish or pale green to pink in color.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tropical tree, or its fruit, of the genus Psidium. Two varieties are well known, the P. pyriferum, or white guava, and P. pomiferum, or red guava. The fruit or berry is shaped like a pomegranate, but is much smaller. It is somewhat astringent, but makes a delicious jelly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several species of Psidium, a myrtaceous genus of tropical America, and especially P. Guayava, which yields a well-known and esteemed fruit, and is now cultivated and naturalized in most tropical countries.
- n. In Porto Rico, Inga vera, a tree of the family Mimosaceæ, used as a shade-tree in coffee-plantations. See Inga and coco-wood. 2.
- n. In Barbados, the ringworm-shrub, Herpetica alata.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small tropical American shrubby tree; widely cultivated in warm regions for its sweet globular yellow fruit
- n. tropical fruit having yellow skin and pink pulp; eaten fresh or used for e.g. jellies
- n. small tropical shrubby tree bearing small yellowish fruit
Rich in vitamins A and C, guava is used to make desserts, candy, jam, juices and, of course, Mexico's thirst-quenching agua fresco.
Native to tropical America, the guava is found in Mexican supermarkets year round, and in municipal markets in late summer and early fall, and again in early spring.
Preserved and pickled guavas and confections made from what is known as guava paste are common, but guava jelly made from the pulp is probably the best known product.
-- The guava is a tropical fruit that is extensively grown in the southern part of the United States.
You may throw in a little pine-apple, mamey, lime, and cocoa-plum; but the guava is the thing, and, in case of a long run on the tea-table, will give the most effectual support.
The terrestrial ecological balance of the islands has been threatened by the introduction of predators, competing species and exotic plants such as guava, citrus, lantana, quinine, elephant grass and blackberry which invade the territory of native species on abandoned farms.
They are especially concentrated on getting control of the expanding problems caused by fast growing plants such as guava (Psidiun guajava), quinine (Chinchona succirubra), lantana shrub (Lantana camara) and elephant grass (Chinchona succirubra).
In the lower-lying areas, destruction of native vegetation has been virtually complete where clearings have been made for settlement, grazing and agriculture, and regrowth tends to be of invading weed species, including introduced plants such as guava, bitou bush, ferny asparagus and asparagus fern.
Tropical fruits such as guava, mangos, pineapple, pawpaw, ripe banana, ripe plantain, tangerine, and cashew fruit also contain fermentable sugars with levels varying from 10 to 20 percent.
Some of these introduced plants such as guava and African tulip trees grow like weeds, choking out the native plants.