a tropical American perennial vine (Sechium edule) of the gourd family, grown for its edible, fleshy, pear-shaped, single-seeded fruit
Origin of chayoteSpanish ; from Nahuatl ?ayo??i
- A tropical American perennial vine (Sechium edule) having tuberous roots and cultivated for its green, pear-shaped fruit.
- The fruit of this plant, eaten as a vegetable. In both senses also called christophine; also called regionally mirliton.
Origin of chayoteSpanish, from Nahuatl chayohtli.
From Spanish chayote, from Classical Nahuatl chayohtli.