potato

noun, often attributive po·ta·to \ pə-ˈtā-(ˌ)tō , -tə , dialectal pə-ˈdā- , bə- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of potato

plural potatoes
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

Examples of potato in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of potato

Spanish batata, from Taino



POTATO Defined for Kids

potato

noun po·ta·to \ pə-ˈtā-tō \

Definition of potato for Students

plural potatoes
: the thick edible usually rounded underground tuber of a widely grown South American plant that is eaten as a vegetable


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