American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See avocado.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fruit of the Persea gratissima of the West Indies, resembling a pear in shape. Also called avocadopear. See avocado.
- n. avocado
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) a corruption of Avocado pear. See Avocado.
- n. a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed
- By folk etymology from American Spanish aguacate, avocado (the trees are said to grow in areas infested by alligators); see aguacate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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