American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The avocado.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The alligator-pear. The tree yields a reddish-brown, soft, and very brittle wood. Also known as the butterpear and vegetable marrow.
- n. a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed
- American Spanish, from Nahuatl ahuacatl. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It comes from 'aguacate' (avocado) plus 'mole' (sauce).”
“Reed avocados, especially this massive cannonball varietal, have officially eclipsed Hass as mi aguacate numero uno.”
“Their name comes from the Spanish word aguacate, and they originated in south-central Mexico, between 5,000 and 7,000 B.C., but the first domesticated avocado seeds were found in Peru dating back to 750 B.C.”
“The fruits peculiar to the torrid zone all grow in profusion and among them the native is fondest of the juicy mango, the guava, the aguacate or alligator pear, the anon or custard apple, the guanabana or soursop, the mamon or sweetsop, the mamey or marmalade fruit, the nispero or sapodilla and the tamarind.”
“Many of his prisoners mysteriously disappeared, and popular rumor points out one of the lower platforms of the fort "La Fuerza," where an aguacate tree formerly grew, as the place where prisoners were shot at night, their bodies being thrown to the sharks at the base of the cliff.”
“The aguacate, or alligator pear, is produced in abundance.”
“American words, now as much in use among the Creoles, as the Arabic words naturalized in the Spanish, do not belong to the Haitian tongue; for example, caiman, piragua, papaja (Carica), aguacate (Persea), tarabita, paramo.”
“I ride under the shade of the aguacate (_Laurus Persea_), and pluck the luscious fruits of the cherimolla.”
“Try some of the _aguacate_ -- it will improve the flavour of your soup.”
“The pulp of the aguacate seemed singularly insipid to our northern palates.”
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