Borrowed from American Spanish avocado, altered—by folk-etymological association with abogado (“lawyer”)—from the earlier aguacate, which comes from Classical Nahuatl āhuacatl (“avocado”). (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?) Doublet of abacate.
The first mention can be found in the 1696 catalogue of Jamaican plants.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ævəˈkɑːdəʊ/
- (General American) enPR: ăvəkäʹdō, IPA(key): /ɑvəˈkɑdoʊ/, [ɑvəˈkɑɾoʊ],