an Old World tropical vine, Momordica charantia, of the gourd family, having yellow flowers and orange-yellow fruit.
the unripe fruit of this plant, used as a vegetable in Asian cookery.
Why Are Avocados Also Called Alligator Pears?As you munch on guacamole and chips, chew on the etymology of the humble avocado. Its many names are as wacky as the fruit is yummy.
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