sacred fruit-bearing tree of Egypt and Persia, c.1600, from Latin persea, from Greek persea. Used from early 19c. of a genus of trees and shrubs in the West Indies.
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The Avocado was the name given by the Spanish conquistadores to the Persea gratissima, whose fruit is the “alligator pear.”"Gombo Zhbes"|Lafcadio Hearn
She said, "Let these two Persea trees be cut down, and let them be made into goodly timber."
The son of the persea tree was Bitiou, born of his own faithless wife; and when he grew up he had her put to death.Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Andrew Lang
Red Bay (Persea borbonia) is a southern member of the laurel family, and close akin to sassafras and the California laurel.American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson
The red blossoms of the persea tree are a symbol of the Sun-tree: of Horus.Modern Mythology|Andrew Lang