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|n.||1.||(Bot.) The edible fruit of a West Indian plant (Sechium edule) of the Gourd family. It is soft, pear-shaped, and about four inches long, and contains a single large seed. The root of the plant resembles a yam, and is used for food.|
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.