potato

noun, often attributive
po·​ta·​to | \ pə-ˈtā-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce potato (audio) , -tə, dialectal pə-ˈdā-, bə- How to pronounce potato (audio) \
plural potatoes

Definition of potato

2a : 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

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potato 2a

Examples of potato in a Sentence

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

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Cook blueberries, rooibos, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan, pressing berries with a potato masher to mash, until syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Rooibos-Blueberry-Glazed Donut Holes," 19 Mar. 2019 Huge 16-foot saw logs, weighing up to 2,000 pounds, crunched against one another like shoestring potatoes in a crazy man’s skillet. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 Yeah, the boys loved McDonald's, and going out to pizza, and having potato skins—sort of the American foods. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen's Former Personal Chef, Darren McGrady, Ran into Prince Harry's Ex on a Plane This Week," 27 Jan. 2019 To reduce carbs, cauliflower was mashed like potatoes and served with the beef. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Guide to Surviving the Longest Flight in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 Starchy vegetables like potatoes, beans, and corn have carbohydrates, as do some dairy products, including milk and yogurt. Colleen Stinchcombe, Redbook, "What Are Macros, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2018 Like potatoes, conventional ginger is irradiated and treated to stop it from sprouting at the supermarket. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 On the culinary side are toasts, snacks like crispy sea-salt potatoes, salads and larger dishes, including chicken skewers and a flatiron steak. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Leonelli Taberna Opens in NoMad," 19 June 2018 Nick also gives Luke the letters that June smuggled out of Jezebel’s last season, which were burning a plot hole in his trunk like a flaming potato since Eden found them there in the last episode. Rena Gross, Billboard, "9 Major Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 9 'Smart Power'," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of potato

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for potato

Spanish batata, from Taino

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potato

noun
po·​ta·​to | \ pə-ˈtā-tō How to pronounce potato (audio) \
plural potatoes

Kids Definition of potato

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

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