- any of several plants belonging to the genus Lycopersicon, of the nightshade family, native to Mexico and Central and South America, especially the widely cultivated species L. lycopersicum, bearing a mildly acid, pulpy, usually red fruit eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable.
- the fruit itself.
- Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a girl or woman.
Origin of tomato
Examples from the Web for tomatoes
The tomatoes' crunch and tang add new dimensions of delight.The Ultimate Southern Cheeseburger Created in South Carolina
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Chile relleno is another meatless meal, served in a mild salsa ranchero redolent of tomatoes.Holy Molé: Tucson’s Mexican Food with a Kick
Jane & Michael Stern
June 29, 2014
I lived for my packages from home of eggplants and asparagus and tomatoes and broccoli and elephant garlic.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
Tomatoes are nightshades, a plant family whose other members include tobacco, potatoes, pimentos, peppers, eggplant and paprika.Pizza Might Be Your Enemy
March 9, 2014
Return the chicken to the pan with half of the tomatoes and the tarragon.Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook
October 15, 2013
The tomatoes are filled with a tasty stuffing and then baked.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Then add six tomatoes cut up and strained of all their liquid.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
Then put another layer of tomatoes, covering them in the same way with crumbs.
Use up all the tomatoes and crumbs in this way, letting the last layer be of crumbs.
Tomatoes should never be left in a tin can after it has been opened.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
- a solanaceous plant, Lycopersicon (or Lycopersicum) esculentum, of South America, widely cultivated for its red fleshy many-seeded edible fruits
- the fruit of this plant, which has slightly acid-tasting flesh and is eaten in salads, as a vegetable, etc
- US and Canadian slang a girl or woman
Word Origin and History for tomatoes
1753, earlier tomate (c.1600), from Spanish tomate (mid-16c.) from Nahuatl tomatl "a tomato," literally "the swelling fruit," from tomana "to swell." Spelling probably influenced by potato (1565).
A member of the nightshade family, all of which contain poisonous alkaloids. Introduced in Europe from the New World, by 1550 they regularly were consumed in Italy but grown only as ornamental plants in England and not eaten there or in the U.S. at first. An encyclopedia of 1753 describes it as "a fruit eaten either stewed or raw by the Spaniards and Italians and by the Jew families of England." Introduced in U.S. as part of a program by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson (1789), but not commonly eaten until after c.1830.
Alternative name love apple and alleged aphrodisiac qualities have not been satisfactorily explained; perhaps from Italian name pomodoro, taken as from adorare "to adore," but probably actually from d'or "of gold" (in reference to color) or de Moro "of the Moors." Slang meaning "an attractive girl" is recorded from 1929, on notion of juicy plumpness.