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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Origin and Etymology of persea
New Latin, from Latin, a tree growing in Egypt and Persia, from Greek
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