chayote

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noun cha·yo·te \chī-ˈyō-tē, chē-, -(ˌ)tā\

Definition of chayote

  1. :  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 chayote squash, christophene, mirliton

Origin and Etymology of chayote

Spanish, from Nahuatl chayohtli


First Known Use: 1887


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