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 Season with salt, then transfer the tomatillo sauce to a large bowl. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Chips and three fiery salsa — tomatillo, mango and papaya — are not only complimentary, but also accompanied by an amuse-bouche of ceviche with a basket of tostadas and crackers. Louisa Chu,, 9 Aug. 2021 Along with the tomatillo chicken taco, Poolboy will offer a small menu of tacos and salads. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 9 Aug. 2021 Mexican cooking, Creech says, doesn’t exist without the tomatillo, but its applications are myriad. Amy Drew Thompson,, 20 July 2021 Taco stop fries its own tortilla chips throughout the day and makes its salsas, a mild tomatillo salsa and a spicier salsa roja. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 July 2021 An arbol, a tomatillo, and the most gorgeous coarsely chopped tomato salsa sit at the center of the table throughout the meal, ready for experimentation and play. Kim Westerman, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Orders come with a pair of salsas, a simple tomatillo or a spicy habanero turned a watermelon shade of red from tomato and lime. oregonlive, 1 July 2021 The best is the chilaquiles verde ($10.95), doused in a glossy tomatillo salsa and scattered with gooey nopal and cheese. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 June 2021

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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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“Tomatillo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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