One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fruit of the chayote plant, eaten as a vegetable in the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand.
- ‘Sechium edule, also called custard marrow, vegetable pear, mirliton, christophine, choko, and many other names, is a fruit of the gourd family which is peculiar in having one large seed.’
- ‘Local vegetables are eaten readily and include chokos, red pumpkins, squash, and greens.’
- ‘Here's Veronica with her winning entry, made from passionfruit, choko and spring onion.’
- ‘It was a nice contrast to the choko khatsé, a spiced potato side dish that was almost tongue-searing in comparison.’
Mid 18th century: from Spanish chocho, from a Brazilian Indian word. The current spelling dates from the early 20th century.
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