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
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.
Continue planting tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, cucumbers, squash, melons and other summer edibles.
It can be used to pack tomatoes, peas, meat, fish, all kinds of foods that are canned.
Baked eggplant, warm and homey and perfectly done, has plenty of Parmigiano-Reggiano and melted bocconcini, the rustic flavor array benefiting from an aggressively peppery tomato sauce.
At the garden, the Mishras' plot is full of the mustard greens alongside garlic, cucumber and tomatoes.
Few, however, are begging to eat the peels left after tomatoes are processed.
One of his favorites is a salad made with tomatoes, avocados, cucumber, feta cheese and chick peas.
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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
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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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