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alligator pear

avocado (def 1).
Origin of alligator pear
1755-65; alligator, alteration by folk etymology of Spanish avocado or American Spanish aguacate (see avocado) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was like an alligator pear—and his complexion was like those cactus fruits that likewise infest fancy grocers' shops.

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
  • In Florida and southern California the avocado or alligator pear is being extensively cultivated.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The aguacate, better known to us as the alligator pear, is a vegetable fruit and is used as a salad.

    Industrial Cuba Robert P. Porter
  • “The salad is alligator pear served in half sections, with French dressing,” she said dreamily.

    Outside Inn Ethel M. Kelley
  • Probably the man who would order "stewed tripe Spanish" wouldn't touch an alligator pear salad.

  • One large or two small heads of lettuce; four medium sized tomatoes; one alligator pear.

  • The Avocado was the name given by the Spanish conquistadores to the Persea gratissima, whose fruit is the “alligator pear.”

    "Gombo Zhbes" Lafcadio Hearn
  • They have not the plantain, good 21 baked, nor the avocado or alligator pear, which fried in butter or oil is so admirable.

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
British Dictionary definitions for alligator pear

alligator pear

another name for avocado
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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