noun, plural po·ta·toes.
- potassium-argon dating,
- potato apple,
- potato bean,
- potato beetle,
- potato blight,
- potato chip
Origin of potato
Examples from the Web for potato
Esther Choi of Mokbar said she has made Korean potato pancakes called gam ja jun, and Charles Rodriguez of PRINT.
She came to the Latke Festival because she loved any dish so based around the potato.
More clumsily, fireworks stand in for the Big Bang and a potato and peas are invoked to explain relativity.
In 2010, Barber and his colleagues started working with the Ruffles potato chip marketing team.
The food that has crossed the lips of almost every person familiar with crowdfunding—nay, the Internet—is potato salad.Only in the Age of Crowdfunding: $40K Potato Salad|April Siese|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The success of the potato is largely dependent on the crops preceding it in the rotation.The Vegetable Garden|Anonymous
One of the things in which she particularly excelled was potato cakes raised with yeast.
I can take care of myself anywhere, in a potato field or in the woods, but I must not distress Mrs. Goodwin.A Yankee from the West|Opie Read
Mash with a spoon or a potato masher, adding the salt, butter, milk and paprika.A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband|Louise Bennett Weaver
They should thus secure a supply of water, and prevent their potato ground from being washed away by a sudden flood.The Kangaroo Hunters|Anne Bowman
noun plural -toes
- a solanaceous plant, Solanum tuberosum, of South America: widely cultivated for its edible tubers
- the starchy oval tuber of this plant, which has a brown or red skin and is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin for potato
1560s, from Spanish patata, from a Carib language of Haiti batata "sweet potato." Sweet potatoes were first to be introduced to Europe; in cultivation in Spain by mid-16c.; in Virginia by 1648. Early 16c. Portuguese traders carried the crop to all their shipping ports and the sweet potato was quickly adopted from Africa to India and Java.
The name later (1590s) was extended to the common white potato, from Peru, which was at first (mistakenly) called Virginia potato, or, because at first it was of minor importance compared to the sweet potato, bastard potato. Spanish invaders in Peru began to use white potatoes as cheap food for sailors 1530s. The first potato from South America reached Pope Paul III in 1540; grown in France at first as an ornamental plant. According to popular tradition, introduced to Ireland 1565 by John Hawkins. Brought to England from Colombia by Sir Thomas Herriot, 1586.
German kartoffel (17c.) is a dissimilation from tartoffel, ultimately from Italian tartufolo (Vulgar Latin *territuberem), originally "truffle." Frederick II forced its cultivation on Prussian peasants in 1743. The French is pomme de terre, literally "earth-apple;" a Swedish dialectal word for "potato" is jordpäron, literally "earth-pear."
Colloquial pronunciation tater is attested in print from 1759. Potato chip (n.) attested from 1879. To drop (something) like a hot potato is from 1824. Children's counting-out rhyme that begins one potato, two potato first recorded 1885 in Canada. Slang potato trap "mouth" attested from 1785.
see hot potato; meat and potatoes; small beer (potatoes).