Definition: Tomato

From New World Encyclopedia


Borrowed from Spanish tomate, from Classical Nahuatl tomatl, from Proto-Nahuan *tomatl.


tomato (countable and uncountable, plural tomatoes)

  1. A widely cultivated plant, Solanum lycopersicum, having edible fruit.
  2. The savory fruit of this plant, red when ripe, treated as a vegetable in horticulture and cooking.
  3. A shade of red, the color of a ripe tomato.

Derived terms

  • beefsteak tomato
  • bush tomato
  • cherry tomato
  • currant tomato
  • grape tomato
  • pear tomato
  • plum tomato
  • Roma tomato
  • tomato juice
  • tomato paste
  • tomato sauce
  • tomato soup

Related terms

  • tomatillo


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