- a tropical American vine, Sechium edule, of the gourd family, having triangular leaves and small, white flowers.
- the green or white, furrowed, usually pear-shaped, edible fruit of this plant.
Origin of chayote
1885–90, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl chayohtli
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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
- a tropical American cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Sechium edule, that has edible pear-shaped fruit enclosing a single enormous seed
- the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
from Spanish, from Nahuatl chayotli