Dictionary

potato

noun, po·ta·to often attributive \pə-ˈtā-(ˌ)tō, -tə, dial pə-ˈdā-, bə-\
plural po·ta·toes

Definition of POTATO

2
a :  an erect South American herb (Solanum tuberosum) of the nightshade family widely cultivated for its edible starchy tuber
b :  the tuber of a potato —called also Irish potato, spud, white potato
ADVERTISEMENT

Examples of POTATO

  1. She's growing carrots and potatoes in her garden this year.

Illustration of POTATO

Origin of POTATO

Spanish batata, from Taino
First Known Use: 1565

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with POTATO

POTATOES Defined for Kids

potato

noun po·ta·to \pə-ˈtā-tō\
plural po·ta·toes

Definition of POTATO for Kids

:  the thick edible usually rounded underground tuber of a widely grown South American plant that is eaten as a vegetable
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears