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 for Persea gratissima
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 also avocado pear, alligator pear, midshipman's
     [1913 Webster]

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