persea

noun
per·​sea | \ ˈpərsēə \

Definition of persea

1 capitalized : a large genus of chiefly tropical trees and shrubs (family Lauraceae) having thick alternate leaves, small panicled flowers with nine stamens, and a fleshy one-seeded fruit and in some kinds yielding superior cabinet woods — see avocado
2 plural -s : any tree or fruit of the genus Persea

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History and Etymology for persea

New Latin, from Latin, a tree growing in Egypt and Persia, from Greek

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“Persea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persea. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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