avocado[av′ə kä′dō, ä′və-]
A slice cut from an avocado.
- a widespread, thick-skinned, pear-shaped tropical fruit, yellowish green to purplish black, with a single large seed and yellow, buttery flesh, used in salads; alligator pear
- the tree (Persea americana) of the laurel family on which it grows
- a yellowish-green color
Origin of avocadoaltered (infl. by earlier Spanish avocado, now abogado, advocate) ; from Mexican Spanish aguacate ; from Nahuatl a:wakaλ, avocado, literally , testicle; so named from its shape
- a. A tropical American tree (Persea americana) having oval or pear-shaped fruit with leathery skin, yellowish-green flesh, and a large seed.b. The edible fruit of this tree. Also called alligator pear, avocado pear.
- A dull green.
Origin of avocadoAlteration (perhaps influenced in form by obsolete Spanish avocado, lawyer) of Early Modern English avogato, avocato, from American Spanish aguacate, from Nahuatl āhuacatl, avocado, testicle.
(plural avocados or avocadoes or avocadi)