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avocado

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noun av·o·ca·do \ˌä-və-ˈkä-(ˌ)dō, ˌa-\

Simple Definition of avocado

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

Full Definition of avocado

plural av·o·ca·dos also av·o·ca·does

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  a light yellowish green

Illustration of avocado

Origin of avocado

modification of Spanish aguacate, from Nahuatl āhuacatl avocado, testicle


First Known Use: 1697

Rhymes with avocado



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