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vegetable pear

noun
1.

chayote

[chahy-oh-tee] /tʃaɪˈoʊ ti/
noun
1.
a tropical American vine, Sechium edule, of the gourd family, having triangular leaves and small, white flowers.
2.
the green or white, furrowed, usually pear-shaped, edible fruit of this plant.
Also, choyote.
Also called christophene, mirliton, vegetable pear.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl chayohtli
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chayote

/tʃɑːˈjəʊteɪ; tʃaɪˈəʊtɪ/
noun
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
Word Origin
from Spanish, from Nahuatl chayotli
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