noun \ˌä-və-ˈkä-(ˌ)dō, ˌa-\

: a fruit with rough dark green or purple skin, smooth light green flesh, and a large seed in the middle

plural av·o·ca·dos also av·o·ca·does

Full Definition of AVOCADO

:  a pulpy green- to purple-skinned nutty-flavored fruit of any of various tropical American trees (genus Persea especially P. americana) of the laurel family; also :  a tree bearing avocados
:  a light yellowish green

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Origin of AVOCADO

modification of Spanish aguacate, from Nahuatl āhuacatl avocado, testicle
First Known Use: 1697

Rhymes with AVOCADO


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Avocado (Persea americana).—S.A. Scibor/Shostal Associates

Fruit of Persea americana, of the laurel family, a tree native to the Western Hemisphere from Mexico south to the Andean regions. Avocados are extremely variable in shape, size, and colour (green to dark purple). The outer skin may be thin, or coarse and woody. The greenish or yellowish flesh has a buttery consistency and a rich, nutty flavour. In some varieties the flesh contains as much as 25% unsaturated oil. Avocados are the principal ingredient of the Mexican sauce guacamole. They provide thiamine, riboflavin, and vitamin A.


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