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[av-uh-kah-doh, ah-vuh-] /ˌæv əˈkɑ doʊ, ˌɑ və-/
noun, plural avocados.
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.
the tree itself.
1690-1700; alteration of Spanish abogado literally, lawyer (see advocate), by confusion with Mexican Spanish aguacate < Nahuatl āhuacatl avocado, testicle; cf. alligator pear Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • If you've got really good avocados, even guacamole is too complicated.
  • Buy pineapples, the top fruit on the clean list, or avocados or mangoes.
  • The roasted tomatillos blended with hot chilies add acidity and spice to the creamy avocados.
  • Halve avocados lengthwise and discard pits and peels.
  • avocados should not receive a water sprinkle or top ice.
  • avocados under the marketing order have to meet certain requirements set forth in the grade standards.
British Dictionary definitions for avocados


noun (pl) -dos
a pear-shaped fruit having a leathery green or blackish skin, a large stony seed, and a greenish-yellow edible pulp
the tropical American lauraceous tree, Persea americana, that bears this fruit
  1. a dull greenish colour resembling that of the fruit
  2. (as modifier): an avocado bathroom suite
Also called (for senses 1, 2) avocado pear, alligator pear
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish aguacate, from Nahuatl ahuacatl testicle, alluding to the shape of the fruit
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Word Origin and History for avocados



1763, from Spanish avocado, altered (by folk etymology influence of earlier Spanish avocado "lawyer," from same Latin source as advocate (n.)) from earlier aguacate, from Nahuatl ahuakatl "avocado" (with a secondary meaning "testicle" probably based on resemblance), from proto-Nahuan *pawa "avocado." As a color-name, first attested 1945. The English corruption alligator (pear) is 1763, from Mexican Spanish alvacata, alligato.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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