avocado

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noun av·o·ca·do \ˌä-və-ˈkä-(ˌ)dō, ˌa-\

Definition of avocado

plural

avocados

also

avocadoes

  1. 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. 2 :  a light yellowish green

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Origin and Etymology of avocado

modification of Spanish aguacate, from Nahuatl āhuacatl avocado, testicle


First Known Use: 1696


AVOCADO Defined for English Language Learners

avocado

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Definition of avocado for English Language Learners

  • : a fruit with rough dark green or purple skin, smooth light green flesh, and a large seed in the middle


AVOCADO Defined for Kids

avocado

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noun av·o·ca·do \ˌa-və-ˈkä-dō, ˌäv-\

Definition of avocado for Students

plural

avocados

  1. :  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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