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chayote

[chahy-oh-tee]
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noun
  1. a tropical American vine, Sechium edule, of the gourd family, having triangular leaves and small, white flowers.
  2. the green or white, furrowed, usually pear-shaped, edible fruit of this plant.
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Also choyote.

Origin of chayote

1885–90, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl chayohtli
Also called christophene, mirliton, vegetable pear.
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Historical Examples

  • The chayote was not cultivated in Cayenne ten years ago.1353 Nothing indicates an ancient cultivation in Brazil.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants

    Alphonse De Candolle


British Dictionary definitions for chayote

chayote

noun
  1. a tropical American cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Sechium edule, that has edible pear-shaped fruit enclosing a single enormous seed
  2. the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
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Word Origin

from Spanish, from Nahuatl chayotli
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