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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Fold parsley into potato salad and serve with chicken. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Crispy Mustard Chicken with Spring Potato Salad," 29 Apr. 2019 Add potatoes and boil until tender, about 20 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "How to Cold-Weather-Proof a Niçoise Salad," 22 Feb. 2019 Not unless the potatoes taste like the back of a musty pantry. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: India Oven brings the heat on West Avenue," 12 July 2018 There also will be plenty of fried chicken sandwiches such as the Firebird, made with a spicy thigh, ranch dressing, crispy onions and pickles on a potato roll. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Century City is about to get some serious fried chicken," 10 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Sides will include a California wild rice succotash, roasted cauliflower and Yukon potatoes cooked in rotisserie drippings. Benjy Egel And Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Countdown begins on Track 7's East Sac launch. Here's when it opens - and what's on the menu," 6 July 2018 Shredded Parmesan cheese, arugula and a gooey fried egg make the dish a bit more modern and light, as opposed to its classic potato side. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Garp & Fuss: Murky menu, lovely location," 6 July 2018 Shake Shack uses resilient, pillowy Martin’s potato rolls. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 On its Instagram story, the egg promised an @world_record_egg merch line and shut down a few copycat accounts, including world record–attempting accounts for a pizza, a chicken, a potato, and more. Bridget Read, Vogue, "An Egg Beat Kylie Jenner on Instagram," 14 Jan. 2019

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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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