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.

Nearby words

  1. chavurah,
  2. chaw,
  3. chawk,
  4. chay,
  5. chayefsky,
  6. chazan,
  7. chazanim,
  8. chazerei,
  9. chaîné,
  10. chb

Also choyote.

Origin of chayote

1885–90, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl chayohtli

Also called christophene, mirliton, vegetable pear. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chayote

  • 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



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

Word Origin for chayote

from Spanish, from Nahuatl chayotli

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