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-\
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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The Pig Baby: Smoked bacon, tomato, red onion, arugula, chipotle aioli, burrata. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Alice in Wonderland-themed bar Hatter and Hare now open in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 Let talented East Bay bartenders perk up your palate with innovative drinks showcasing stone fruit, melons, berries, tomatoes, and other peak-season produce from the Jack London Square Farmers Market., "Party Under the Palms: Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market," 10 July 2018 Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, to taste. Claire Perez,, "Noodles Panini’s meatballs and sauce a family recipe," 9 July 2018 Windsor Canning employed 50 men, women, and children who cooked and canned squash, apples, tomatoes, and pumpkins. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Historian Bob Bell Examines 'Makin' Stuff In Windsor'," 2 July 2018 Pay attention to order For chef Craig Koketsu—whose burger at New York restaurant Quality Eats is fairly traditional, served with cheddar cheese, special sauce, lettuce, red onion, tomato, dill pickle, and pepperoncini—toppings are all about order. Paula Forbes, GQ, "These Toppings Are The Secret to Making a Good Burger Great," 29 June 2018 Patagonia Provisions Chili: Beans, tomatoes, carrots, chipotle in a generous serving. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Eat Well When You're Camping," 26 June 2018 The bottom half slid down a chute beneath the vegetable slicers, where robotic blades cut pickles, tomatoes, and onions. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 Those easy-to-prepare-in-bulk dishes have been replaced by upscale offerings with a seasonal flair, from pea tomato soup to crispy Gulf shrimp. Jay Jones,, "Las Vegas buffets are legendary — and now, reinvented. Here are four offering fresh takes," 19 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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to·ma·to | \tə-ˈmā-tō, -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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