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[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.]
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(Plants) another name for avocado
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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]
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|Noun||1.||alligator 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
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