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 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, "Stuck with family this Thanksgiving? Make the most of it by trying this new Thanksgiving tradition," 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, "Aging is a very good thing at Anju in Dupont Circle," 6 Sep. 2019 Pinterest users have fallen in love with recipes like this sautéed chayote and potatoes with mint and shallots. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "9 Healthy Foods Pinterest Can't Wait to Make in 2019," 16 Jan. 2019 The papayas were still green; chayotes and nopales would come soon. Joe Mozingo,, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 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,, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 Vegetables: Calabaza, chayote, cherry tomato, collards, dasheen, lima bean, snap bean, Malabar spinach, malanga, New Zealand spinach, okra, hot pepper, roselle, Seminole pumpkin, Southern pea, sweet potato, tamarillo, yam and yard-long bean. 4. Tom Maccubbin,, "May in the garden," 28 Apr. 2018 Tlayuda, a beloved Oaxacan street snack, gets bright textural counterpoints from radicchio and chayote. New York Times, "A Buffalo, N.Y., Restaurant With Bona Fides From Acapulco, Quebec and Beyond," 28 Apr. 2018 The show lingers on excruciatingly beautiful close-ups of black truffle dim sum and chayote squash, then follows their creators into their messy homes and chaotic favorite markets. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Lost in Space’ and ‘Chef’s Table’," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of chayote was in 1887

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27 Jan 2020

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“Chayote.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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