The papaya ( or 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 southern Mexico and neighboring Central America.
Any of several types of trees having edible fruit:
Asimina, the pawpaw genus, a genus of trees and shrubs native to eastern North America, especially common pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
Papaya or pawpaw (Carica papaya), a widely cultivated tropical fruit tree
The fruit of these trees.
A tropical American evergreen tree, Carica papaya, having large, yellow, edible fruit
The fruit of this tree.