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I got an avocado featuring a canal in the middle. The canal is not really deep but still it splits the fruit in two distinct parts. What's the name of this shape? I think "ribbed" is an exaggerated term since it features only one canal.

And what's the name of that canal? Groove?

This avocado

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    I noticed there are many questions asking "What is the name of.. ?", including shapes. Example: elongated pyramid, so I thought it's ok to ask on this site.
    – Fructibus
    Oct 31, 2017 at 21:09
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    I utterly fail to see why this was closed as lacking in research/general reference. How exactly is one supposed to search for the name of a thing whose name you don’t know? What commonly-available reference will give you a name for this shape without already knowing it? (As it happens, I am not convinced this particular shape has a name in English, at least not a common one. But that doesn’t make the question off-topic.) Oct 31, 2017 at 21:28
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    It is bilobed merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilobed.
    – Nigel J
    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:05
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    Groove is a great description. I assembled an informal collection of words used by researchers to describe such 3-D patterns. Furrow and valley express similar meanings and are sometimes adopted to describe microscopic or mesoscopic features. Nov 1, 2017 at 2:14
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    Brain-shaped?
    – Lawrence
    Nov 1, 2017 at 13:13

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I have personal experience of such an object – a kidney stone.

I had mine removed by lithotripsy in 1984.


Its technical description is bilobed.

Bilobed : divided into two lobes

Merriam-Webster


On the other hand, it looks suspiciously like NASA's photograph of Phobos, the innermost of the two satellites of Mars.

Phobos_colour_2008.jpg


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  • You’re sure it was lithotripsy? :-)
    – Jim
    Nov 2, 2017 at 3:29
  • @Jim I was the eighth person in the UK to get lithotripsied at St Thomas's. It was an experimental procedure back in 1984.
    – Nigel J
    Nov 2, 2017 at 3:40
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    "In fact, I think this might well belong to me. I had it removed by lithotripsy in 1984 and I would like it back." __ After lithotripsy the stone no longer exist. Whether there is a fee for displaying its image is a genuine matter to be decided. However bilobed is an accurate description @NigelJ! Nov 2, 2017 at 9:26
  • You might be partially compensated by my upvote @NigelJ. Nov 2, 2017 at 12:46
  • No way is that pitted sphere a bilobed object.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 3, 2017 at 8:28
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Avocados are OVOID in shape.

OVOIDAL has the same meaning, another word for egg-shaped. The crack that is visible on the fruit skin is called a ridge, a more precise term would be a longitudinal ridge

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Figure 4. A. ‘Hass’ avocado fruit with a longitudinal ridge which C. Schroeder theorized was a result of incomplete closure of the carpel. Such fruit are often scarred on the ridge.

Source: Avocado Fruit Abnormalities and Defects Revisited

The "canal" or "groove" mentioned in the question, and visible in the image posted by the OP is known as a (shallow) longitudinal crack or crease,; deeper cracks that penetrate the exterior skin and expose the flesh may actually cause the fruit to split and spoil.

Source: Citrus Fruit-Cracking: Causes and Occurrence

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  • The scholarly source article on avocado defects (pdf) makes fascinating reading @Mari-lou A. Nov 2, 2017 at 12:48
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It might be orbital bur I'm not entirely sure.

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