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alligator pear

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noun
  1. avocado(def 1).

Origin of alligator pear

1755–65; alligator, alteration by folk etymology of Spanish avocado or American Spanish aguacate (see avocado)
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Examples from the Web for alligator pear

Historical Examples

  • Alligator-pear salad—more to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold—is offered to me.

    Bizarre

    Lawton Mackall

  • Avocado, a-vo-k′do, n. the alligator-pear, a West Indian fruit.

  • She ate nothing but alligator-pear salad and hothouse grapes, drank a little champagne, and took cognac in her coffee.

    Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather


British Dictionary definitions for alligator pear

alligator pear

noun
  1. another name for avocado
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