n. (pl. -os)
1 (in full avocado pear) a pear-shaped fruit with rough leathery skin, a smooth oily edible flesh, and a large stone.
2 the tropical evergreen tree, Persea americana, native to Central America, bearing this fruit. Also called alligator pear.
3 the light green colour of the flesh of this fruit.
Etymology: Sp., = advocate (substituted for Aztec ahuacatl)

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