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tomato

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noun to·ma·to \tə-ˈmā-(ˌ)tō; chiefly British, eNewEng, neVirginia, and sometimes elsewhere in cultivated speech -ˈmä-; chiefly Northern -ˈma-\

Definition of tomato

plural

tomatoes

  1. 1 :  the usually large rounded typically red or yellow pulpy berry of an herb (genus Lycopersicon) of the nightshade family native to South America

  2. 2 :  a plant that produces tomatoes; especially :  one (Lycopersicon esculentum syn. L. lycopersicum) that is a tender perennial widely cultivated as an annual for its edible fruit



Origin and Etymology of tomato

alteration of earlier tomate, from Spanish, from Nahuatl tomatl


First Known Use: 1604



TOMATO Defined for Kids

tomato

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noun to·ma·to \tə-ˈmā-tō, -ˈmä-\

Definition of tomato for Students

plural

tomatoes

  1. :  the usually red juicy fruit of a plant related to the potato that is eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable





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