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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Cut them into small pieces and add to the bowl along with avocado; gently toss to combine. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lime Tilapia With Citrus-Avocado Salsa," 19 Dec. 2018 There are 20-foot orange and lemon trees, even taller fig, loquat, guama and avocado trees. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 4 June 2018 Food and wine expert Antoni is rocking a crop top sweatshirt as he is showered with avocados. refinery29.com, "The Queer Eye Guys Just Released A Music Video & You Will Not Believe," 1 June 2018 That said, these are American-style rolls: spicy tuna enveloped in firm rice and snappy nori; scallop with warm liquid applications of miso and spicy mayo; sweet king crab with avocado rolled in tobiko, the Pop Rocks of the fish-egg universe. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Radio Anago is Brendan Sodikoff’s sushi cave under the deep dark sea . . .," 3 May 2018 This park boasts pecan and avocado trees, a cactus garden, wetlands, and a citrus orchard. Los Angeles Magazine, "100 Things You Can Do for Free in L.A.," 16 Jan. 2018 In an old video that recently resurfaced, Noah is filming an Instagram live and making himself a nice post-workout snack of avocados and salt. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Noah Centineo Talks About His Love Life In This Old Video That Just Resurfaced and It’s Everything," 22 Aug. 2018 Meat eaters will be just as excited for the thick medallions of pork ($28) with leeks, lentils and fava leaves; and trout ($25) nestled next to Little Gems, avocado and broccoli in a buttermilk dressing. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Perennial makes environmental activism taste good," 25 May 2018 It was filled with salmon, tuna, avocado and cucumber, topped with spicy tuna and draped in spicy mayonnaise. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "Fort Worth’s first Zenna knows its Thai and Japanese niche | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 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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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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