tam·​a·​ril·​lo ˌta-mə-ˈri-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce tamarillo (audio)
: the reddish edible fruit of an arborescent shrub (Cyphomandra betacea) of the nightshade family that is native to South America but is grown commercially elsewhere
also : the shrub itself

Examples of tamarillo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some videos even turn into etymology and history lessons, like this video about tree tomatoes, where Schlegel explains how they became known by the name tamarillo because of a marketing attempt by the New Zealand Tree Tomato Promotions Council to entice export buyers. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 20 Dec. 2022 Vegetables: Calabaza, chayote, cherry tomato, collards, dasheen, lima bean, snap bean, Malabar spinach, malanga, New Zealand spinach, okra, hot pepper, roselle, Seminole pumpkin, Southern pea, sweet potato, tamarillo, yam and yard-long bean. 4. Tom MacCubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, 28 Apr. 2018

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Word History


alteration of tomatillo

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tamarillo was in 1966

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“Tamarillo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamarillo. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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