alligator pear


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alligator pear

n.

[By folk etymology from American Spanish aguacate, avocado (probably influenced by the similarity of the thick, pebbly skin of the avocado to alligator hide); see aguacate.]

alligator pear

n
(Plants) another name for avocado

av•o•ca•do

(ˌæv əˈkɑ doʊ, ˌɑ və-)

n., pl. -dos.
1. a large, usu. pear-shaped fruit having green to blackish skin, a single large seed, and soft, light green pulp, borne by the tropical American tree, Persea americana, of the laurel family: often eaten raw.
2. the tree itself.
[1690–1700; alter. of Mexican Spanish aguacate < Nahuatl āhuacatl]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alligator pear - a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seedalligator pear - a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
avocado tree, Persea Americana, avocado - tropical American tree bearing large pulpy green fruits
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Boiled yam, fried taro, alligator pear salad--there, you've got me all mixed, Then I found a last delectable half-pound of dried squid.
There was a tree just behind which bore alligator pears, and all about were the cocoa-nuts which gave the land its revenue.
Nor was the name alligator pear, which it had become known by.