Definition of avocado in English:

avocado

Syllabification: av·o·ca·do
Pronunciation: /ˌavəˈkädō, ˌävə-
 
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noun (plural avocados)

  • 1A pear-shaped fruit with a rough leathery skin, smooth oily edible flesh, and a large stone: serve with slices of avocado Also called alligator pear.
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    • Vegetables and fruits are very expensive with an avocado pear in town centre costing K2,500 instead of K500 in Ndola.
    • My other favourite foods include avocado pear, bananas, pears, oranges, grapes and walnuts, when they are in season.
    • For a further #5 fruit selection, I had four each red apples, William pears, bananas, an avocado and a lemon.
  • 1.1A light green color like that of the flesh of avocados.
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    • The shirt I got was lime green and avocado with three-quarter length sleeves.
    • This week I'm staying out of the kitchen because I spent most of last week there, scraping the remains of the geometric patterned avocado green carpet off of the linoleum tiles underneath.
    • I particularly remember the jaunt to buy a motorized exercise/torture device which came in the required shade of avocado green.
  • 2The tropical evergreen tree that bears the avocado. It is native to Central America and widely cultivated elsewhere.
    • Persea americana, family Lauraceae
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    • These include exotic ylang ylang, jasmine, turmeric, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, curry leaf, water lilies, mahogany trees, avocados, wax apples, and five varieties of mango.
    • Even as it matures, the tropical avocado will never be able to take unusually low temperatures.
    • There was an apple tree and an avocado in the front yard, surrounded by thick St. Augustine grass.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Spanish, alteration (influenced by avocado 'advocate') of aguacate, from Nahuatl ahuacatl.

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