from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The avocado.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The alligator-pear. The tree yields a reddish-brown, soft, and very brittle wood. Also known as the butterpear and vegetable marrow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

American Spanish, from Nahuatl ahuacatl.


  • It comes from 'aguacate' (avocado) plus 'mole' (sauce).

    Oaxaca please.......hold the mole?

  • Reed avocados, especially this massive cannonball varietal, have officially eclipsed Hass as mi aguacate numero uno.

    Claire Thomas: Avocado Toast

  • 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.

    Santo Domingo A Country with a Future

  • 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.

    Santo Domingo A Country with a Future

  • The aguacate, or alligator pear, is produced in abundance.

    Cuba, Old and New

  • 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.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • I ride under the shade of the aguacate (_Laurus Persea_), and pluck the luscious fruits of the cherimolla.

    The Rifle Rangers

  • "Try some of the _aguacate_ -- it will improve the flavour of your soup."

    The Rifle Rangers

  • The pulp of the aguacate seemed singularly insipid to our northern palates.

    The Rifle Rangers


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