[ puh-tey-toh, -tuh ]
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noun,plural po·ta·toes.
  1. Also called Irish potato, white potato. the edible tuber of a cultivated plant, Solanum tuberosum, of the nightshade family.

  2. the plant itself.

Origin of potato

First recorded in 1545–55; from Spanish patata “potato,” variant of batata “sweet potato,” from Taíno

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British Dictionary definitions for potato


/ (pəˈteɪtəʊ) /

nounplural -toes
  1. Also called: Irish potato, white potato

    • 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

  2. any of various similar plants, esp the sweet potato

  1. hot potato slang a delicate or awkward matter

Origin of potato

C16: from Spanish patata white potato, from Taino batata sweet potato

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Other Idioms and Phrases with potato


see hot potato; meat and potatoes; small beer (potatoes).

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