chayote

noun
cha·​yo·​te | \ chī-ˈyō-tē How to pronounce chayote (audio) , chē-, -(ˌ)tā \
variants: or chayote squash

Definition of chayote

: 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 Short and stout pattypan are as cute as buttons; slender, two-toned zephyrs look like their bottoms have been dipped in green dye; pale green chayote could be mistaken for pears at first glance. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 There were stalls in the market selling bundles of cabbage, calabaza, chayote, onion, carrots and cilantro to make the stew. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2020 An impressive rack of lamb chops, although hard to separate without going into butcher mode, were seared and seasoned just right, with deep adobo mole, plantains and crisp Mexican chayote squash. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, 23 Jan. 2020 As will a pork tenderloin topped in chimichurri and citrus aioli, an orecchiette macaroni and cheese with taleggio and cotija, squash soup made from seasonal gourds like delicata and chayote and fingerling potatoes coated in fried eggs. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, 19 Nov. 2019 The collection of small plates includes lightly pickled pieces of cucumber stuffed with carrot and chives, crisp chayote ignited with jalapeño and, best of all, shredded sauteed bellflower root. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019 Pinterest users have fallen in love with recipes like this sautéed chayote and potatoes with mint and shallots. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 16 Jan. 2019 The papayas were still green; chayotes and nopales would come soon. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, 4 June 2018 Vegetables: Boniato, calabaza, chayote, cherry tomatoes, dasheen, malanga, okra, roselle, southern peas, Seminole pumpkin, sweet cassava, sweet potatoes and yard-long beans. 4. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, 26 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of chayote

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chayote

Spanish, from Nahuatl chayohtli

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“Chayote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chayote. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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