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 In 2004, Gramajo died after being swarmed by killer bees on his avocado ranch, according to news reports. Ryan Di Corpo, BostonGlobe.com, "Dianna Ortiz, nun who told of brutal abduction by Guatemalan military, dies at 62," 20 Feb. 2021 Heat the avocado oil in the same saucepan over medium heat. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole," 30 Dec. 2020 As Sam Jones reports for the Guardian, the farmers, who were using heavy machinery to extend their avocado and sugarcane plantations, accidentally destroyed about 60 percent of the shrine complex. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "3,200-Year-Old Mural of Knife-Wielding Spider God Found in Peru," 29 Mar. 2021 The movie will, however, teach you how to cut open an avocado. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Silly sex thriller ‘Deadly Illusions’ is a jumbled mess," 18 Mar. 2021 Doused in a homemade sauce, slow-cooked until tender, and served on rolls with an avocado and pineapple slaw, BBQ jackfruit is the ultimate vegan recipe that would turn even the biggest meat lover into a convert. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Slow Cooker BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich With Pineapple Slaw," 19 Mar. 2021 With ideal conditions for growing the fruit, Kenya’s avocado export revenues surged 33% to 14 billion Kenyan shillings (about $127 million) in the year to October 2020, government data shows. Jackson Njehia And Nazanine Moshiri, The Christian Science Monitor, "Elephants vs. avocados: A battle of economics in Kenya," 3 Mar. 2021 His in-laws keep an avocado-colored refrigerator from the 1970s in their basement. Cynthia Greenlee, New York Times, "When One Fridge Is Not Enough," 23 Feb. 2021 In 2004, Gramajo died after being swarmed by killer bees on his avocado ranch, according to news reports. Ryan Di Corpo, BostonGlobe.com, "Dianna Ortiz, nun who told of brutal abduction by Guatemalan military, dies at 62," 20 Feb. 2021

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Avocado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avocado. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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