to·​ma·​til·​lo ˌtō-mə-ˈtē-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce tomatillo (audio) -ˈtēl-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce tomatillo (audio)
plural tomatillos
: 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 Due to their tangy, citrusy taste with a hint of sweetness, tomatillos are a natural choice for salsas and marinades, gazpacho, and chimichurri. Sherri Gordon, Health, 9 July 2024 Raw Tomatillo and Chipotle Salsa Verde Unlike most salsas, this one uses raw tomatillos instead of cooked, imparting a bright tartness. Anna Rodriguez, Washington Post, 26 June 2024 Rotate tomato, pepper, eggplant, tomatillo and potato plants to a different garden bed. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2024 Tomato, pepper, eggplant and tomatillo are all susceptible to the same suite of soil pathogens. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for tomatillo 

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Word History


Spanish, diminutive of tomate

First Known Use

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tomatillo was circa 1913

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“Tomatillo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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