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
Recent Examples of tomato from the Web
Pulse to break down tomatoes to chunky consistency, about 10 seconds.
There’s also lump crab salad mixed with mustard and mayonnaise with chives on small toasts, and house meatballs in tomato jus on garlic bread with Manchego cheese and ricotta curds.
No cheese, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, bacon, tomato or secret sauce to intrude.
With all those toppings (as well as lettuce/tomato/onion/pickle), the beefy flavor of the patty came through, and the burger didn’t become a fork-necessary mess.
Get true unripe green tomatoes, not green heirlooms, which are too delicate to grill.
To serve, arrange tomatoes, cucumber, and onion on a platter.
Determinant tomatoes — a type that stops growing taller at a certain point — are a better choice.
The morning of the attack, Artan bought a set of knives, a tomato and a cucumber at 7:20 a.m. at a Walmart on the west side of Columbus.
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Origin and Etymology of tomato
alteration of earlier tomate, from Spanish, from Nahuatl tomatl
First Known Use: 1604See Words from the same year
TOMATO Defined for Kids
Definition of tomato for Students
: 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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