avocado

noun
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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These include lean proteins, like fish and yogurt; produce and high fiber whole grains; and good fats, from foods like avocados and nuts. Cynthia Sass, Rd, Health.com, "Can the Satiating Diet Help You Lose Weight? Here's What a Nutritionist Thinks," 10 June 2019 Top imports are vehicles, machinery, TVs, furniture, appliances and agricultural products such as avocados and other vegetables, and beer and wine. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Gas prices and tariffs: Why gas dropping under $2 a gallon might cost you," 5 June 2019 If the tariffs are imposed, U.S. consumers could see prices rise on a range of products, including automobiles, beer and tequila, electronics, and produce like avocados and tomatoes. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Mexican foreign minister is optimistic about avoiding tariffs," 4 June 2019 The new rift between Mexico and the United States over tariffs, including on staples like avocados and tomatoes, make this an especially fraught time to take on food politics. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "This Mexican Chef Is Having a Very Good Year," 4 June 2019 It's joined by plump pieces of Hawaiian albacore tuna, creamy avocado and a shockingly green ramp sauce. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "24 of our favorite appetizers at Chicago-area restaurants," 3 June 2019 On the ingredients list, KylieSkin’s toner includes apple fruit extract, avocado and apricot and kernel oil, and squalane. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Does KylieSkin Care Live Up To The Hype?," 22 May 2019 Like the bread, the gelato (available in flavors including avocado) is made daily. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 In a small bowl, mash the yolks and avocado with a fork until smooth. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018

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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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avocado

noun

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

avocado

noun
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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