alligator pear

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Synonyms for alligator pear

a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed

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AVOCADOS are sometimes called alligator pears! Some people call them nature's baby food because they're so creamy and nutritious.
The English-speaking inhabitants of Jamaica dubbed avocados alligator pears. Despite speculation that the fruit's reptilian skin inspired the name, it most likely came from settlers' substituting the familiar and easily pronounced alligator for the unfamiliar ahuacatl or aguacate.
Identifiable by its thin, tough, green rind and somewhat watery flesh, the alligator pear was cultivated in the United States as far back as 1766, when it reportedly thrived in St.