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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Even the Indian workhorses show flair, from the sev puri (tiny puffed crackers dabbed with avocado, mango and yogurt) to the elegant triangular samosas, packed this time of year with corn and mushrooms. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "After more than 30 years, Bombay Club is still as comfortable as an old (satin) shoe," 10 July 2019 An avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwich and a cashew dill cream sandwich from Essence Express. Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, "The Food Waste-Saving Apps That Could Revolutionise Your Dinner & Save You Money," 4 July 2019 Try an array of colors and textures: think creamy avocado, crisp cucumber, sweet Asian pear, etc. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Fresh salmon gets a lift in this picture-perfect stack," 21 June 2019 Since Plenty’s business model is based on distributing only in a farm’s immediate region, its produce travels far fewer miles than, say, avocados from Mexico. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "With huge new vertical farm, Plenty’s produce could hit more shelves," 20 June 2019 Salad with protein, avocado, nuts, oil and vinegar. Molly Kimball, nola.com, "The do’s and don’ts of the nutrient-rich Whole 30 diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 18 June 2019 These sauces generally are little more than ground, pounded or blended mixtures of anything green: herbs, avocado, chiles and tomatillos. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "4 easy dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off," 17 June 2019 What to drink Sip Thai iced tea or Thai iced coffee; smoothies in fun flavors (avocado, taro, lychee); and soda. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Thai Noodle Cafe is a welcome pit stop in a culinarily rich stretch of Belmont," 13 June 2019 Trump’s most recent threat on all imports from Mexico would increase prices on cars and auto parts, televisions, phones and air conditioners, as well as produce including avocados, citrus fruits and pineapples. Laura Davison, Fortune, "Trump’s Tariffs Have Already Wiped Out Tax Bill Savings for Average Americans," 7 June 2019

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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 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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