tomatillo

noun
to·​ma·​til·​lo | \ ˌtō-mə-ˈtē-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce tomatillo (audio) , -ˈtēl-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce tomatillo (audio) \
plural tomatillos

Definition of tomatillo

: the small round yellow, purplish, and especially pale green edible sticky fruit of a Mexican ground-cherry (Physalis ixocarpa synonym P. philadelphica) also : the plant that bears tomatillos

Examples of tomatillo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whatever the reason, the buttery white rice serves as the perfect foil for the juicy pork and spicy tomatillo salsa. Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, "An elevated riff on traditional chile verde," 16 Sep. 2020 Shredded chicken in green mole sauce has robust tomatillo flavor. Beth D'addono, NOLA.com, "Vals serves tacos and Mexican street food at outdoor spot on Freret Street," 31 Aug. 2020 The food pairing is made by Comal Heritage Food Incubator and includes fresh tortilla chips and three salsas, pineapple, tomatillo with chili arbol, and fresh tomato with blistered serrano peppers and cilantro. Linnea Covington, The Know, "Where to get tacos and margs so you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home this year," 30 Apr. 2020 But the paella verde aims to wow with lobster, chicken, Iberico chorizo, mussels and green chile tomatillo rice. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Arizona Restaurant Week Spring 2020: Here are 15 great menus to try for dine-in or takeout," 14 June 2020 While salsa verde and rojo grace most tables in the States, the concept of savory salsas sans the traditional tomato or tomatillo base is gaining visibility in some of the West’s best kitchens. Sunset Magazine, "Go Nuts with These Tomato-Less, Protein-Packed Salsas," 16 Apr. 2020 The first bite of Sol y Luna’s crabmeat enchilada is bliss—the generous portion of sweet crustacean snaps through its corn tortilla wrap, tart tomatillo sauce, and crunchy slaw topping. Eric Velasco, al, "Sol y Luna restaurant reopens, revives favorite dishes," 4 May 2020 For a hearty breakfast, try Benito’s poached eggs with masa gorditas, pulled pork, tomatillo, and avocado sauce. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "Downtown San José del Cabo Is Luring Visitors Out of the Resorts," 27 Feb. 2020 Three versions stay in heavy rotation: chicken with mole negro, chicken with tomatillo sauce and a standout jalapeño-and-cheese variation that’s extra gratifying when bathed in softly spicy red salsa. Los Angeles Times, "20 great L.A. places for Mexican food delivery and takeout," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tomatillo

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tomatillo

Spanish, diminutive of tomate

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27 Sep 2020

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“Tomatillo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tomatillo. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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