tomato

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noun to·ma·to \tə-ˈmā-(ˌ)tō; chiefly in Britain, eastern New England, northeastern Virginia, and sometimes elsewhere in cultivated speech -ˈmä-; chiefly in Northern US -ˈma-\

Definition of tomato

plural

tomatoes

  1. 1 :  the usually large, rounded, edible, pulpy berry of an herb (genus Solanum) of the nightshade family native to South America that is typically red but may be yellow, orange, green, or purplish in color and is eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable

  2. 2 :  a plant that produces tomatoes; especially :  any of various varieties of a tender perennial (Solanum lycopersicum synonym Lycopersicon esculentum) widely cultivated as an annual

Origin and Etymology of tomato

alteration of earlier tomate, from Spanish, from Nahuatl tomatl


First Known Use: 1604



TOMATO Defined for Kids

tomato

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noun to·ma·to \tə-ˈmā-tō, -ˈmä-\

Definition of tomato for Students

plural

tomatoes

  1. :  the usually red juicy fruit of a plant related to the potato that is eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable



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