chilacayote

noun chi·la·ca·yo·te \ˌchiləkəˈyōtē\
variants: or

chilicojote

\ˌchiləkəˈyōtē\

Definition of chilacayote

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  any of several gourds of Mexico and the southwestern U.S. (as Echinocystis fabacea, E. marah, Cucurbita ficifolia, and C. foetidissima) or their fruits

  2. 2 :  the pulp of a chilacayote fruit

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Origin and Etymology of chilacayote

chilacoyote borrowed from Mexican Spanish, borrowed from Nahuatl tzilacayohtli, chilacayohtli, from tzilac-, chilac-, element of uncertain origin + ayohtli “squash, calabash”; chili cojote, chili-cojote, alteration of chilacoyote (perhaps directly from an unrecorded form in 19th-century California Spanish) For Nahuatl attestations see Frances Karttunen, An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, University of Texas Press, 1983, s.v. tzilacayohtli.


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