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 (chä-yō′tā, -tĕ)
1. A tropical American perennial vine (Sechium edule) having tuberous roots and cultivated for its green, pear-shaped fruit.
2. The fruit of this plant, eaten as a vegetable. In both senses also called christophine; also called regionally mirliton.

[Spanish, from Nahuatl chayohtli.]
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(tʃɑːˈjəʊteɪ; tʃaɪˈəʊtɪ)
1. (Plants) a tropical American cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Sechium edule, that has edible pear-shaped fruit enclosing a single enormous seed
2. (Cookery) the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
[from Spanish, from Nahuatl chayotli]
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But when cassavas are expensive, she added, she would just buy vegetables, including cabbages, cauliflowers, chayotes, green beans, legumes and carrots.
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Yields 4 to 6 servings Jessica Harris' Salade de Christophine (Shaved Chayote Salad) 2 small chayotes Maryse's Vinaigrette 1 head Boston lettuce or other lettuce Peel the chayote and grate it into a non-reactive bowl on the large holes of a grater.