alligator pear

alligator pear (plural alligator pears)

  1. (dialectal, now, chiefly, Caribbean and Southern US, especially, Louisiana) An avocado.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 52
      There was a tree just behind which bore alligator pears, and all about were the cocoa-nuts which gave the land its revenue.
  • French: poire-alligator, poire d'alligator
  • German: Alligator-Birne

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