One whole and one sliced chayote.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Spanish ; from Nahuatl čayoʾλi
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noun In both senses also called christophene; also called regionally mirliton.
- A tropical American perennial herbaceous vine (Sechium edule) having tendrils, tuberous roots, and a green, pear-shaped fruit cooked as a vegetable.
- The fruit of this plant.
Origin: Spanish, from Nahuatl chayotli.