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Word of the Day-Niu You Guo (Avocado)

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 牛油果,niú yóu guǒ (avocado). I have been very confused as to what Avocado is in Chinese for a very long time. It doesn't help that I have never seen one growing up in China. In my Chinese dictionary, avocado is 鳄梨 (è lí), 鳄 means crocodile, and 梨 means pear. It's so named probably because the skin of an avocado looks like crocodile skin, and the shape looks like a pear. However, when I read a Chinese picture dictionary from Taiwan to my kids, it claims avocado is 酪梨 (lào lí). Further research led to the conclusion that avocado has many names in Chinese. All three above can be used. The question is which one does a Chinese person use on a daily basis in China. After consulting with friends who just moved here from China, I've decided I will teach my kids avocado is 牛油果. However, if I happen to be in dire need of avocados while traveling in China, I will certainly remember all three names just in case.
 

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