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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According to one Alabama minor league baseball team, those are the pillars of life for people born between the 1980s and early 2000s, along with avocados, craft beer and safe spaces. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "Millennials outraged after baseball team advertises 'Millennial Night' with avocados, participation ribbons and napping stations," 19 July 2018 Luckily, avocados are durable and should continue with minimal interruption in growth. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Secrets to sunflower success," 2 June 2018 Just spend more time here, where the gyms are open 24 hours and the avocados are always free. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Biotech Gets Some Silicon Valley Shine at Illumina’s New Campus," 19 Apr. 2018 A decade ago, avocados were virtually unknown in China. Brook Larmer, New York Times, "How the Avocado Became the Fruit of Global Trade," 27 Mar. 2018 Other than adding avocado to salads and sandwiches, try blending the stuff into soup, sauce — even ice cream. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Toast, guacamole and more great ideas for avocados, now in season," 16 Mar. 2018 However, because avocados are high in calories, Stangland cautions to watch portion sizes. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Avocados: History of an unlikely but legitimate healthy food craze," 9 Mar. 2018 This is because avocados are a fussy plant to grow, says Mary Lu Arpaia of the University of California, Riverside. The Economist, "Lack of guacDroughts, storms and global demand tests America’s love affair with avocado," 25 Jan. 2018 In addition to being low in sugar, avocados are full of healthy fats and fiber. Jordan Davidson, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Healthiest Low-Sugar Fruits You Should Be Eating," 17 Jan. 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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The first known use of avocado was in 1696

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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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