alligator pear

alligator pear
noun Etymology: by folk etymology from Spanish aguacate — more at avocado Date: 1763 avocado

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  • Alligator pear — Alligator Al li*ga tor, n. [Sp. el lagarto the lizard (el lagarto de Indias, the cayman or American crocodile), fr. L. lacertus, lacerta, lizard. See {Lizard}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A large carnivorous reptile of the Crocodile family, peculiar to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alligator pear — n. [altered (? by folk etym. because of the appearance of the skin) < avogato: see AVOCADO] AVOCADO …   English World dictionary

  • alligator pear — noun a pear shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed • Syn: ↑avocado, ↑avocado pear, ↑aguacate • Hypernyms: ↑edible fruit • Part Holonyms: ↑avocado, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • alligator pear — Avocado Av o*ca do, n. [Corrupted from the Mexican ahuacatl: cf. Sp. aguacate, F. aguacat[ e], avocat, G. avogadobaum.] The pulpy fruit of {Persea gratissima}, a tree of tropical America. It is about the size and shape of a large pear; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alligator pear — al′ligator pear n. pln avocado 1) • Etymology: 1755–65; alligator, alter. by folk etym. of Sp avocado or AmerSp aguacate (see avocado) …   From formal English to slang

  • alligator pear — avocado (def. 1). [1755 65; alligator, alter. by folk etym. of Sp avocado or AmerSp aguacate (see AVOCADO)] * * * …   Universalium

  • Alligator pear — Persea (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • alligator pear — noun North American term for avocado …   English new terms dictionary

  • alligator pear — /ˈæləgeɪtə pɛə/ (say aluhgaytuh pair) noun → avocado (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Alligator — Al li*ga tor, n. [Sp. el lagarto the lizard (el lagarto de Indias, the cayman or American crocodile), fr. L. lacertus, lacerta, lizard. See {Lizard}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A large carnivorous reptile of the Crocodile family, peculiar to America. It has… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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