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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Casseroles, soups, stews, potato salad, cheesecake, custard pie, refrigerator biscuits, rolls, cookie dough. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "How to keep food safe in fridge and freezer during Hurricane Dorian power outages," 30 Aug. 2019 Chicken baskets will come with greens, potato salad, white bread, pickles and comeback sauce. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Hattie B.’s will bring its Nashville hot chicken to Portland next month," 29 Aug. 2019 On rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes with 2 tablespoons oil, then five-spice powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Salmon Burgers with Spiced Sweet Potato Fries," 2 Aug. 2019 On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes with 2 Tbsp oil. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Chicken and Garlic Potatoes with Red Pepper Relish," 19 Dec. 2018 Even the sides are decadent—the potatoes are cooked in beef drippings and topped with hollandaise—though there are fresh fruit and vegetable juices to balance things out a bit. Sandra Ramani, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Dublin," 11 July 2018 Microwave on high 6 to 7 minutes or until potatoes are cooked. Linda Gassenheimer, miamiherald, "Garlic steak will make Dad’s day," 11 June 2018 Criminal damage: Traymore Road At 11:35 p.m. Sept. 6, police were called to a home where a woman, 46, reported that someone threw a potato through a window at her home. cleveland.com, "Two residents victims of spray paint vandals: University Heights police blotter," 10 Sep. 2019 That includes a number of highly nutritious whole foods, like legumes (i.e. beans, lentils, peanuts), dairy, whole grains, and starchy vegetables like potatoes. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What's the Difference Between Eating Low-Carb, Paleo, and Keto?," 26 Aug. 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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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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