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.
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. 2018

Examples from the Web for chayote

Historical Examples of 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


  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

Word Origin for chayote

from Spanish, from Nahuatl chayotli
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