a shrub or small tree, Crataegus uniflora, of the eastern and southern coastal areas of the U.S., having pear-shaped, orange-red fruit.
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.
Also called blackthorn.
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