cha·​yo·​te chī-ˈyō-tē How to pronounce chayote (audio)
variants or chayote squash
: the pear-shaped fruit of a West Indian annual vine (Sechium edule) of the gourd family that is widely cultivated as a vegetable
also : the plant

called also christophene, mirliton

Examples of chayote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patrons can order shrimp served with a creamy sauce made with vanilla extract, a chayote squash soup with vanilla seeds, a vanilla liqueur drink called Papenteco Kiss and plantains flambéed with vanilla ice cream. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 To the empty pot, add the allspice, garlic, scallions, thyme, carrots, chayote, ginger, and potato and turn the heat to medium. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 24 Jan. 2024 Today, the estate is flourishing, with almost four acres of plantains, breadfruit, coffee, cacao, grapefruit, avocado, and chayote squash, plus flocks of chickens and ducks. Kathleen Squires, Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2023 Step 5 Stir in the potatoes, chayotes, beans, salt, black pepper, and 2 cups of the reserved broth (save the remainder for other recipes). Sandra A. Gutierrez, Saveur, 11 Oct. 2023 The dish also incorporated perfect orbs of firm but tender chayote squash, lily-pad-like nasturtium leaves, and carefully sliced chives. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 Balanced precariously on the stone ledge below are a chayote (or choko), a cantaloupe and a cucumber. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2023 Add the carrots, chayote and cabbage and simmer for another 5 minutes. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2023 The seed at the center of the chayote is perfectly edible and has a pleasantly nutty taste. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Spanish, from Nahuatl chayohtli

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chayote was in 1887

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“Chayote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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