avocado

noun
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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The modern American menu offered some of the restaurant’s most well-known dishes: house salad with avocado and mustard vinaigrette, chicken under a brick, and its famous burger. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Celebrates the Launch of Its Mini Stirrup Watch at—Where Else?—The Polo Bar," 14 May 2019 There are also as many as 20 additional structures on the property to house the ranch manager, staff and farming equipment, since the property operates as a for-profit ranch, farming avocado and persimmon. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "California Coast Ranch Linked to Formula One Heavyweight Lists for $110 Million," 13 Feb. 2019 And this can take a while — avocado pits usually need between two to six weeks to sprout! Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The "AvoSeedo" Is the Cutest and Easiest Way to Grow an Avocado Tree at Home," 21 Feb. 2019 For example, a recent FDA report found the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes on the skins of more than 17 percent of the 361 avocado skins tested. Jenna Flannigan, SELF, "8 Surprising Food Safety Mistakes You Might Be Making," 11 Jan. 2019 The recall does not include avocados imported from Mexico that Henry Avocado also distributes. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Avocados Recalled in 6 States for Possible Listeria Contamination," 25 Mar. 2019 Healthy fats like those found in nuts, olive oil, and avocados are often touted as superfoods for their role in helping to regulate your cholesterol. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "The Best—and Worst—Foods for Vaginal Health," 22 Mar. 2019 In the 1980s, their mother created her own concoctions from their family garden, using oils, mayonnaise, eggs, avocados and more, and the girls grew up with a love for hair products. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The 15 Best Black-Owned Beauty Brands I'll Never Stop Talking About," 11 Feb. 2019 Now, though, Australia’s property market is on the slide and avocado prices seem to be in retreat. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Bad News for Avocado Growers = Good News for Millennials?," 10 Jan. 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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avocado

noun

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

avocado

noun
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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