Definition of avocado in English:


Line breaks: avo|cado
Pronunciation: /ˌavəˈkɑːdəʊ

noun (plural avocados)

1 (British also avocado pear) A pear-shaped fruit with a rough leathery skin and smooth, oily edible flesh: a salad of avocados and oranges [mass noun]: 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.
1.1 [mass noun] A light green colour 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 which bears the avocado fruit, 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.


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

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