av·​o·​ca·​do | \ ˌä-və-ˈkä-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce avocado (audio) , ˌa- How to pronounce avocado (audio) \
plural avocados also avocadoes

Definition of avocado

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 : a light yellowish green

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Examples of avocado in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a deep treatment, avocado is the star of the show again, along with vinegar to cleanse the scalp. Akili King, Vogue, "Meet Torin Ashtun: The Model-Painter Who Swears by DIY Face Masks," 3 Jan. 2020 Apeel Sciences, a California startup that aims to reduce food waste by giving produce a spoilage-resistant skin, announced Wednesday that its longer-lasting avocados will be sold at more than 1,100 Kroger grocery stores across the country. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, Twin Cities, "Holy guacamole! Specially treated avocados last twice as long. And that’s only the start for the plant-based coating.," 18 Oct. 2019 The sandwich section of the menu has a VLT for $13, which is a vegan play on a BLT made with carrots, cucumber, heirloom tomato, avocado and breakfast radishes. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Indie Superette from Michael Mina opens in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow," 30 Jan. 2020 Breakfast options include avocado toast, breakfast tacos, chicken and waffles, omelets, steel-cut oats with fresh berries, and breakfast bowls filled with rice, kale, sweet potatoes, black beans, avocado and a poached egg. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Downtown gets chic new tunnel-level restaurant," 24 Jan. 2020 This divine soup is scented with chili, cumin and coriander, and topped with all kinds of deliciousness, like avocado and tortilla crisps. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Move over, chicken noodle. Here are 6 twists on chicken soup you'll love," 6 Jan. 2020 Tempura shrimp is surrounded with spicy tuna salad, crab salad, avocado and nori, then draped with raw salmon and yellowtail, and sprinkled with bright orange tobiko (flying fish roe), and crunchy tempura bits. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Ninja Sushi and Hibachi: Finding fine sushi on Lake Erie shores," 3 Jan. 2020 The menu holds plates like toast with a generous mashing of avocado and a bit of welcome spice ($10) and the Wisconsin omelet ($13). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New brunches join Milwaukee's crowded field; here's a look," 26 Nov. 2019 The Hamburglar Helper is a cheffed-up version of the one-pot dinner: shell pasta topped with grass fed beef, queso, avocado, and a sunny-side up egg. al, "McFly’s and Unplugged are ready to serve up 80s/90s nostalgia in Five Points South," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of avocado

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for avocado

modification of Spanish aguacate, from Nahuatl āhuacatl avocado, testicle

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The first known use of avocado was in 1696

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25 Feb 2020

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“Avocado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avocado. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of avocado

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


av·​o·​ca·​do | \ ˌa-və-ˈkä-dō How to pronounce avocado (audio) , ˌäv- \
plural avocados

Kids Definition of avocado

: a usually green fruit that is shaped like a pear or an egg, grows on a tropical American tree, and has a rich oily flesh

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