Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A widely cultivated South American plant (Lycopersicon esculentum) having edible, fleshy, usually red fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this plant.
  • n. Slang A woman regarded as attractive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A widely cultivated plant, Solanum lycopersicum, having edible fruit
  • n. The savory fruit of this plant, red when ripe, treated as a vegetable in horticulture
  • n. A shade of red, the colour of a ripe tomato.
  • n. A desirable-looking woman.
  • n. A stupid act or person.
  • v. to pelt with tomatoes
  • v. to add tomatoes to (a dish)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family (Lycopersicum esculentun); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is called also love apple, is usually of a rounded, flattened form, but often irregular in shape. It is of a bright red or yellow color, and is eaten either cooked or uncooked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of a garden vegetable, Lycopersicum esculentum, native in tropical South America, now widely cultivated for its esculent fruit in temperate as well as tropical lands; also, the plant itself.
  • n. See Cyphomandra.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mildly acid red or yellow pulpy fruit eaten as a vegetable
  • n. native to South America; widely cultivated in many varieties

Etymologies

Alteration of Spanish tomate, from Nahuatl tomatl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish tomate, from Classical Nahuatl tomatl, xītomatl. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cleopatra _Cleopatra_ compatriot _compatriot_ gratis _gratis_ or _grahtis_ harem _harem_ or _hahrem_ heinous _hanous_ hiatus _hiatus_ implacable _implakable_ nape _nap_ née _na_ négligé _naglezha'_ patron _patron_ protégé _protazha'_ résumé _razuma'_ tenacious _tenashus_ tomato _tomato_ or _tomahto_ valet _va'la_ or _val'et_ vase _vas, vahz_, or _vaz_ veracious _verashus_ vivacious _vivashus_

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • Toyin tomato is writing poetry? wow ... wondas shall never end, what was ur source of inspiration?

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  • The stem has concentrated levels of CIS 3 hexanol, a real strong component of what we identify as tomato smell.

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  • We also made roasted tomatoes, which we call tomato candy.

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  • Botanically, a tomato is the ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant: therefore it is a fruit or, more precisely, a berry.

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  • The English word tomato comes from the Spanish tomatl, first appearing in print in 1595.

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  • However, once in the mainstream, they gained a permanent place on the menu and today the tomato is the subject of more genetic studies than any other New World plant except corn.

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  • To her a tomato is a tomato and an onion is an onion ..

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  • And as Louise Schiavone reports, it was one year ago today that the FDA launched what it called a tomato safety initiative to prevent just exactly this kind of outbreak.

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  • Finding a decent tomato is a difficult thing in the off-season and when you do find them, guess where they came from?

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  • a good looking girl with no brains

    October 8, 2010

  • Wolf peach? This puts BLTs in a whole new light. Thanks, rolig!

    December 17, 2007

  • Solanum lycopersicum; the Latin name means "wolf peach", but this fruit is also known as the "golden apple" (It. pomodoro > Russ. помидор) and the "apple of paradise" or "paradise fruit" (Ger. Paradeisapfel, Slovene paradižnik, Croatian raj�?ica).

    December 16, 2007