papain

Pronunciation: [puh-PAY-ihn]

An enzyme extracted from papaya and employed as a meat tenderizer, and as an agent used to clarify liquids (especially beer). See also meat tenderizers.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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