avocado

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj avocado of the dull yellowish green of the meat of an avocado
    • n avocado a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed
    • n avocado tropical American tree bearing large pulpy green fruits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
    • n Avocado The pulpy fruit of Persea gratissima, a tree of tropical America. It is about the size and shape of a large pear; -- called also avocado pear alligator pear midshipman's butter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1926, when a Los Angeles restaurant owner with the all-American name of Bob Cobb was looking for a way to use up leftovers, he threw together some avocado, celery, tomato, chives, watercress, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, and Roquefort cheese, and named it after himself: Cobb salad.
    • n avocado The alligator-pear, the fruit of Persea gratissima, natural order Lauraceœ, a tree common in tropical America and the West Indies. It is from 1 to 2 pounds in weight, is pear-shaped, of a brownishgreen or purple color, and is highly esteemed, though rather as a vegetable than as a fruit. The pulp is firm and marrow-like, whence the fruit is sometimes known as vegetable marrow or midshipmen's butter. The oil is said to be equal to palm oil for soap. The tree is an evergreen, growing to the height of 30 feet. Also avocato, avigato.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pet parrots can eat virtually any common "people-food" except for chocolate and avocados. Both of these are highly toxic to the parrot and can be fatal.
    • n Avocado a-vo-kä′do the alligator-pear, a West Indian fruit.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Corrupted from the Mexican ahuacatl,: cf. Sp. aguacate, F. aguacaté, avocat, G. avogado,baum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. from Mexican.

Usage

In literature:

It's Rome for the Romans, Georgie, lobsters in New England, avocados in Los Angeles, hog and hominy here.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
It's Rome for the Romans, Georgie, lobsters in New England, avocados in Log Angeles, hog and hominy here.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
The king, surrounded by half a dozen chiefs, lay on mats under the shade of the avocados in the palace compound.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
Sure is nice to rub up against some Southern swells like we did that night at the Avocado Club.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
But he managed to recollect all but the avocado.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
He looks part human and part beetle and has a face the color of the meat of an avocado.
"Operation Earthworm" by Joe Archibald
There were a few trees, mostly mango and avocado.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
In Florida and southern California the avocado or alligator pear is being extensively cultivated.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
The fruit trees and plants also include the orange, pine-apple, mango, papaw, banana and avocado or alligator pear.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
The dainty avocado pear, purple and green, grows readily.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6" by Various
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In poetry:

of avocado moist with lemon, yea
formaldehyde & rotting sardines O
in our appointed time
I would I could a touch more fully say
my consentless mind. The senses are below,
which in this air sublime
"Dream Song 120: Foes I sniff, when I have less to shout" by John Berryman

In news:

Combine cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and avocado in a large bowl.
6 Fresh Ways to Eat Avocados .
" Avocados are best enjoyed cut into slices and eaten plain, without salt, lime, or other seasonings so you can taste the different flavors and nuances, such as a smoky undertone or nutty note," she says.
Avocados grown at the South Coast Research and Extension grounds in Irvine are, from left: Sharwil, Reed, Mexicola, Lamb Hass and Hass.
Avocado success depends on soil avocados , avocado , hass, year, tree, haver, matsuoka, carmen, every, most.
It's a unique blend of ripe avocados , cream, pistachio nuts and honey.
Really that was all I needed to justify my addiction to avocados .
I only had to buy a couple of things from the grocery store – noodles ($1.08), 2 avocados ($.99 each) and garlic ($.10).
Gazpacho With Shrimp and Avocado Relish.
Avoid Hunger Pangs with Tofu Avocado Salad.
8 slices of sourdough bread 8 slices of Swiss cheese 2 whole avocados , pitted and sliced 2 cups of spinach leaves 4 ounces of goat cheese 2 tablespoons of butter.
I love avocados , but leftovers can be a problem since they turn brown so quickly.
Grilled Chicken and Avocado Spring Rolls.
Co-sponsored by the University of California Cooperative Extension, the California Avocado Society, Inc, and the California Avocado Commission.
Avocados also contain large amounts of a specific protein called sterolins that has been shown to help repair age spots, scars and sun damage, says Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, a Washington, DC nutritionist and fitness specialist.
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In science:

This makes it easy for a fully frozen word (say cucumbers) to create a new word cucumber with the same meaning, but di(cid:14)cult for cucumbers to change its meaning to f AVOCADO g.
The Acquisition of a Lexicon from Paired Phoneme Sequences and Semantic Representations
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