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Alligator Pear

The name avocado is an approximation of ahuacatl, an Aztec word.  No one is certain how the name “alligator pear” came around. Some avocados are pear-shaped, although others are round or long oval. Some varieties grow best in tropical areas, where alligators can be expected to lurk.

The World Encyclopedia of Food by L. Patrick Coyle, 1982.


The name “Avalon” was thought by Geoffrey of Monmouth to come from aval, apple, and he describes this Island of Apples as a paradise where the fields never be tilled and where grapes and apples abound. The Welsh texts also refer to the island as ynys avallach, Isle of Apples.

An Arthurian Dictionary by Charles and Ruth Moorman, 1978.


An anonymous twelfth-century Welsh poetic fragment contained in the Black Book of Carmarthen. It contains possibly the oldest reference to Merlin, here Myrddin, a madman living in the Caledonian Forest.

An Arthurian Dictionary by Charles and Ruth Moorman, 1978.

Auld Ane

Old One.  A vulgar name for the Devil in Scotland and the North of England. The epithet “old,” prefixed to so many of the titles of the Devil, seems to indicate the common opinion that he can only appear in the shape of an old man.

A Dictionary of the Noted Names in Fiction by William A. Wheeler, 1865.


In the Jewish demonology, an evil spirit, the demon of vanity, or dress, called in the Talmund “king of the devils.” In modern times, he has been jocularly spoken of as the destroying demon of matrimonial happiness.

A Dictionary of the Noted Names in Fiction by William A. Wheeler, 1865.