a·vo·ca·do (ä′və-kädō, ăv′ə-)
n. pl. a·vo·ca·dos
a. A tropical American tree (Persea americana) having oval or pear-shaped fruit with leathery skin, yellowish-green flesh, and a large seed.
b. The edible fruit of this tree. Also called alligator pear, avocado pear.
2. A dull green.
[Early Modern English avogato, avocato, avocado, ultimately (probably with phonetic influence from obsolete Spanish avocado, lawyer (now abogado); compare French avocat, lawyer, avocado) from American Spanish aguacate, avocado, from Nahuatl āhuacatl.]
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