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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Examples of avocado in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The import ban came on the day that the Mexican avocado growers and packers association unveiled its Super Bowl ad for this year. NBC News, 14 Feb. 2022 The temporary suspension came just ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, when football fans snack on guacamole during the game and provide Mexican avocado growers with the year's biggest sales bump. Harold Maass, The Week, 14 Feb. 2022 The import ban came on the day that the Mexican avocado growers and packers association unveiled its Super Bowl ad for this year. NBC News, 14 Feb. 2022 In California, some avocado growers started hearing news of the suspension Sunday through word of mouth. Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2022 The import ban came on the day that the Mexican avocado growers and packers association unveiled its Super Bowl ad for this year. al, 13 Feb. 2022 The basketball season is shaping up to be a county fair carnival ride, leaving everyone uncertain when the newest riders might be flung into a nearby avocado grove. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Dec. 2021 Since then, per capita avocado consumption in the U.S. has ballooned from 2 pounds in 2001 to nearly 8 pounds in 2018. Jeffrey Miller, The Conversation, 28 Feb. 2022 After Xinjiang cotton, came the infamous Mexican avocado ban. Fortune, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avocado. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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