tomato
noun (plural -toes) Etymology: alteration of earlier tomate, from Spanish, from Nahuatl tomatl Date: 1604 1. the usually large rounded typically red or yellow pulpy berry of an herb (genus Lycopersicon) of the nightshade family native to South America 2. a plant that produces tomatoes; especially one (Lycopersicon esculentum syn. L. lycopersicum) that is a tender perennial widely cultivated as an annual for its edible fruit

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(Lycopersicum esculentum or Solanum esculentum)


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