avocado ä´vəkä´do, ăv´– [key], tropical American broad-leaved evergreen tree of the genus Persea of the family Lauraceae ( laurel family). The fruit, called avocado, alligator pear, or, in Spanish, aguacate, has a high oil content. It is eaten fresh, chiefly in salads and guacamole. The avocado was cultivated by the Aztecs. Avocados are classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Magnoliales, family Lauraceae.
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