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 green phoenix roll was a poetic beauty of delightfully crunchy tempura shrimp, wrapped in soy paper with salmon and avocado. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 Beautiful in presentation, the chorizo crêpe is a colorful affair complete with red bell pepper and avocado that add texture to the crumbly, lightly spiced pork. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Ngon Appetit keeps it simple with 3 items — soup, sandwiches, crepes," 11 July 2018 Total acreage used for growing avocados decreased from 17,741 in 2016 to 15,003 last year. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Farming remains big part of county's economy," 5 July 2018 Beyond raising wages to lure more American workers, or recruiting H-2A visa workers, farmers are also switching from human labor-intensive crops like grapes, tomatoes, and avocados. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Here's How Immigration Policy Impacts Your Avocados and Other Produce," 19 June 2018 Those once-niche ingredients for health nuts—non-dairy milks, kale, and avocados—have come to form a sort of gustatory shorthand for The Good Life, thanks to Instagram. Sean Santiago, Vogue, "A New Kind of Breakfast Club Is Creating Community Over Gourmet Eggs and Toast," 19 June 2018 Meanwhile, Petro’s proposal to slowly wean Colombia from its economical reliance on oil and coal exports and replace them with agricultural products such as avocados has been slammed as impractical. Chris Kraul, latimes.com, "Right-wing candidate has the edge going into Colombia's presidential election," 16 June 2018 With 20 vitamins and minerals, avocados are undoubtedly nutritious. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "11 delicious avocado recipes that don't involve avocado toast," 1 June 2018 The Riverboat Ron Roll at Cowfish and eeZ Fusion Sushi has a crunchy filling of softshell crab and kani (crab stick) wrapped in thinly sliced avocado and topped with spicy mayo and eel sauce. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Panthers coach Ron Rivera created a fancy sushi roll. Here's what's in it.," 3 July 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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