av·o·ca·do | \ ˌä-və-ˈkä-(ˌ)dō , ˌa- \
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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The half-pound burgers are a hit, like the southwest, which comes with fresh sliced avocado, pepper jack cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and a bistro sauce. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "Get a taste of Up North at new Naperville ale house," 10 July 2018 This includes foods higher in protein and fiber, like meat, fish, avocados, veggies, potatoes, and whole grains. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Blame Your Junk Food Cravings on Your Unhealthy Brain," 3 July 2018 Oreo made a variety of test batches of other cookies, including avocado, carrot cake, coffee, pineapple upside-down cake. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Cherry Cola or Piña Colada? Oreo Crowdsources Its Next Three Limited-Edition Flavors," 1 May 2018 Americans consume about seven pounds of avocados a year a person in salads, on sandwiches, and even in healthy versions of ice cream. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Should you eat the avocado pit?," 25 June 2018 Colombia is the third-largest producer of avocados in the world. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "The trendiness of avocados has hit Colombia, and it's confusing locals," 21 June 2018 The produce section was packed with a multi-ethnic, multi-generational crowd sifting through mounds of avocados and fresh herbs. Liz Ohanesian, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why Super King May Be L.A.’s Most Underrated Grocery Store," 18 June 2018 The giant crates of avocados, pallets of tomatoes, and boxes of meat and fish will all be swept away, left to bob along aimlessly until the water deposits them elsewhere in the city, together with the rest of the debris. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 Antoni Porowski is dancing in an increasingly thotty cropped hoodie, cradling a bundle of avocados. Yohana Desta, HWD, "This Flirty Queer Eye Music Video Premiered at the Perfect Time," 1 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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The first known use of avocado was in 1696

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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 , 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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