chayote


chayote
/chuy oh"tee/, n.
1. a tropical American vine, Sechium edule, of the gourd family, having triangular leaves and small, white flowers.
2. the green or white, furrowed, usually pear-shaped, edible fruit of this plant. Also, choyote. Also called christophene, mirliton, vegetable pear.
[1885-90, Amer.; < MexSp < Nahuatl chayohtli]

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Tendril-bearing perennial vine (Sechium edule) of the gourd family, native to the New World tropics, where it is widely cultivated for its edible fruits.

Chayote also is grown as an annual plant in temperate climates. The fast-growing vine bears small, white flowers and green or white pear-shaped fruits with furrows. Each fruit contains one seed. The fruits are eaten cooked or raw, and the young root tubers are prepared like potatoes.

Chayote (Sechium edule)

Eugene Belt
Shostal

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plant
also called  Huisquil, or Chocho 
 (Sechium edule), tendril-bearing perennial vine of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), native to the New World tropics, where it is widely cultivated for its edible fruits. Chayote also is grown as an annual plant in temperate climates. The fast-growing vine bears small, white flowers and green or white pear-shaped fruits with furrows. Each fruit is about 7.5 to 10 cm (about 3 to 4 inches) long and contains one seed. The fruits are boiled, baked, or eaten raw, and the young root tubers are prepared like potatoes.

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