tomato

noun
to·​ma·​to | \ tə-ˈmā-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce tomato (audio) ; chiefly in Britain, eastern New England, northeastern Virginia, and sometimes elsewhere in cultivated speech -ˈmä-; chiefly in Northern US -ˈma-\
plural tomatoes

Definition of tomato

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

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Sesame kale and quinoa bowls, pappardelle in tomato sauce and tuscan-spiced code, amongst many other things. Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 2 Jan. 2019 For a late breakfast or early lunch, meander over to Mimar Sinan, one of several nearby restaurants specializing in kuru fasülye, white beans stewed in olive oil and tomato sauce and served with rice pilaf. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Some top veggies to load up on: The Healthiest Way to Add Sauce My favorite way to sauce any kind of pasta is to buy plain jarred tomato sauce and add sautéed or simmered veggies. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Healthiest Ways to Eat Pasta, According to a Nutritionist," 2 Nov. 2018 Combine tomato sauce, chipotle, adobo sauce, cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Smoky Slow Cooker Beef Tacos," 30 Oct. 2018 The United States will resume an anti-dumping investigation into Mexican tomatoes. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Rising Port Waters; Suppliers Raise Prices; Tesla’s Slow-Moving Parts," 11 Feb. 2019 So, what is like the sugar content, the salt content in like a tomato? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018 Wonho's was Chili Pepper (a rich ruby red that's perfect for fall) while Jooheon went with Red Heart, which is a tomato red that coordinated perfectly with his orange hair and makeup. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Tonymoly Teams Up With K-Pop Group Monsta X on New Lip Tints," 1 Oct. 2018 The giant crates of avocados, pallets of tomatoes, and boxes of meat and fish will all be swept away, left to bob along aimlessly until the water deposits them elsewhere in the city, together with the rest of the debris. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of tomato

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tomato

alteration of earlier tomate, from Spanish, from Nahuatl tomatl

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tomato

noun
to·​ma·​to | \ tə-ˈmā-tō How to pronounce tomato (audio) , -ˈmä-\
plural tomatoes

Kids Definition of tomato

: 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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