- Also called alligator pear. a large, usually pear-shaped fruit having green to blackish skin, a single large seed, and soft, light-green pulp, borne by the tropical American tree Persea americana and its variety P. adrymifolia, often eaten raw, especially in salads.
- the tree itself.
Origin of avocado
Examples from the Web for avocado
De Merode sits at a long table and digs into a plate piled with rice, beans, and avocado.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
“I have three piles of fundraising,” she said, pushing aside a sliced egg and avocado salad to demonstrate.Can New York Democrat Zephyr Teachout Stop Governor Andrew Cuomo?
August 18, 2014
Any time of the day here is good to try tayoyos, an oval-shaped cake made of masa and stuffed with beans and avocado leaves.The Road to Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2014
Chipotle noted in a recent investor letter that they might cut back on their signature guacamole because of avocado scarcity.America’s Next Agricultural Revolution Will Happen Indoors
April 26, 2014
Of note: The bracketed [a] in the titles means that this is an avocado, as opposed to a male [m] or female [f].Five Subreddits You May Have Missed, and Probably Still Should Give a Miss
Kelly Williams Brown
April 5, 2014
The avocado pear-tree, I should think, has no relations among trees!Adventures of a Young Naturalist
I will be sure to send some avocado plants from Los Angeles to Wardha.Autobiography of a YOGI
He looks part human and part beetle and has a face the color of the meat of an avocado.Operation Earthworm
In Florida and southern California the avocado or alligator pear is being extensively cultivated.Trees Worth Knowing
Julia Ellen Rogers
Avocado, a-vo-k′do, n. the alligator-pear, a West Indian fruit.
- a pear-shaped fruit having a leathery green or blackish skin, a large stony seed, and a greenish-yellow edible pulp
- the tropical American lauraceous tree, Persea americana, that bears this fruit
- a dull greenish colour resembling that of the fruit
- (as modifier)an avocado bathroom suite
Word Origin and History for avocado
1763, from Spanish avocado, altered (by folk etymology influence of earlier Spanish avocado "lawyer," from same Latin source as advocate (n.)) from earlier aguacate, from Nahuatl ahuakatl "avocado" (with a secondary meaning "testicle" probably based on resemblance), from proto-Nahuan *pawa "avocado." As a color-name, first attested 1945. The English corruption alligator (pear) is 1763, from Mexican Spanish alvacata, alligato.