from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of apetalous trees and shrubs of the order Laurineæ (Lauraceæ), the laurel family, type of the tribe Perseaceæ, and characterized by the four-celled anthers, nine perfect stamens, and calyx either somewhat closely persistent under the fruit or entirely deciduous.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of the genus Persea.
- n. An unidentified tree, probably the peach-tree, sacred in ancient Egypt. See Persea (in etymology), and cut at Avocado.
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- n. avocado
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Hoja de aguacate (avocado leaf) persea americana: Both fresh and dried avocado leaves, with thier licorace-like aroma, are used to season mixiotes, soups, chicken and fish dishes, and beans.
Evidently, the mastodons were not the only ones with a taste for the velvety flesh of persea americana, because by 6,000 BC the inhabitants of Tehuacan were cultivating the fruit, resulting in a larger size and an oval, rather than round, seed shape.
Bright shall your breast be with the flower of the persea, and your tresses anointed heavy with sweet odor.
Nay, he outwitted the Gods, he made night into day, he lived out twice his years, with revel and love and wine in the lamp-lit groves of persea trees.
Willows are decreasing in number, and the persea, one of the sacred trees of Ancient Egypt, is now only to be found in gardens.
I have seen the things over which the persea tree spreadeth [its branches] within Re-stau.
In the tree, any tree, acacia or persea, Mannhardt wishes to recognise the Sun-tree of the Lett songs.
[* G. saccharoides.] [* Laurus persea (alligator pear).]
Among the plants cultivated by man, the sugar-cane, the plantain, the mammee-apple, and alligator-pear (Laurus persea), alone have the property of the cocoa-tree; that of being watered equally well with fresh and salt water.
* Every hut is surrounded with enormous trees of persea, * at the foot of which the aristolochiae, paullinia, and other creepers vegetate.