alligator pear

(redirected from alligator pears)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

alligator pear:

see avocadoavocado
, 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.
..... Click the link for more information.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Due to its shape and bumpy texture, Guatemalan avocados were sometimes referred to in the early [] century as "alligator pears".
Sometimes called "alligator pears" because of their leathery skin, avocados are the fruit of the genus Persea which is a member of the laurel family.
In Louisiana, avocados are known as "alligator pears" because of their leathery skin.