The pulpy fruit of Persea gratissima, a tree of tropical America. It is about the size and shape of a large pear.

Synonyms: avocado pear, alligator pear, midshipman's butter.

Origin: Corrupted from the Mexican ahuacatl: cf. Sp. Aguacate, F. Aguacate, avocat, G. Avogadobaum.

(01 Mar 1998)

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