noun, plural po·ta·toes.
Origin of potato
Examples from the Web for potato
Contemporary Examples of potato
Most of the vendors were, like this woman, honorary Jews for the night, not that Jews have a monopoly on potato pancakes.
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.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
In 2010, Barber and his colleagues started working with the Ruffles potato chip marketing team.The Latest in High-Tech Chips
September 18, 2014
Historical Examples of potato
Separate the egg, beat the yolk, and mix it with the potato.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Then another layer of meat, potato, &c., till the dish is full.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Few of the flowers merely meant for ornament are so ethereal as a potato.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
We'll have peas with the fillet, and potato balls and Brussels sprouts.Alice Adams
"Neither have I," quoth Bagley, and filled his mouth with mutton and potato.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
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).