a tropical American vine, Sechium edule, of the gourd family, having triangular leaves and small, white flowers.
the green or white, furrowed, usually pear-shaped, edible fruit of this plant.
Also, choyote.
Also called christophene, mirliton, vegetable pear.

1885–90, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl chayohtli Unabridged
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chayote (tʃɑːˈjəʊteɪ, tʃaɪˈəʊtɪ)
1.  a tropical American cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Sechium edule, that has edible pear-shaped fruit enclosing a single enormous seed
2.  the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
[from Spanish, from Nahuatl chayotli]

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These three exotic vegetables: calabaza squash, chayote squash, and bitter melon are all becoming more mainstream.
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