avocado

[av-uh-kah-doh, ah-vuh-]
noun, plural avocados.
1.
Also called alligator pear. a large, usually pear-shaped fruit having green to blackish skin, a single large seed, and soft, light-green pulp, borne by the tropical American tree Persea americana and its variety P. adrymifolia, often eaten raw, especially in salads.
2.
the tree itself.

Origin:
1690–1700; alteration of Spanish abogado literally, lawyer (see advocate), by confusion with Mexican Spanish aguacate < Nahuatl āhuacatl avocado, testicle; cf. alligator pear

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avocado (ˌævəˈkɑːdəʊ)
 
n , pl -dos
1.  a pear-shaped fruit having a leathery green or blackish skin, a large stony seed, and a greenish-yellow edible pulp
2.  the tropical American lauraceous tree, Persea americana, that bears this fruit
3.  a.  a dull greenish colour resembling that of the fruit
 b.  (as modifier): an avocado bathroom suite
 
[C17: from Spanish aguacate, from Nahuatl ahuacatl testicle, alluding to the shape of the fruit]

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avocado
1763, from Sp. avocado, altered (by folk etymology influence of earlier Sp. avocado "lawyer," from same L. source as advocate) from earlier aguacate, from Nahuatl ahuakatl "testicle." So called for its shape. As a color, first attested 1947.
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Example sentences
Most vegetables and fruits, with the exception of avocados, are also low in fat.
Using an old-fashioned potato masher or a large fork or spoon, mash avocados
  into a coarse purée.
Now he grazes on healthier fare such as avocados, sardines and almonds.
Pies today are world-spanning treats, made with everything from apples to
  avocados.
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