[ puh-tey-toh, -tuh ]
/ pəˈteɪ toʊ, -tə /

noun, plural po·ta·toes.

Also called Irish potato, white potato. the edible tuber of a cultivated plant, Solanum tuberosum, of the nightshade family.
the plant itself.

Nearby words

  1. potassium-40,
  2. potassium-42,
  3. potassium-43,
  4. potassium-argon dating,
  5. potation,
  6. potato apple,
  7. potato bean,
  8. potato beetle,
  9. potato blight,
  10. potato chip

Origin of potato

1545–55; < Spanish patata white potato, variant of batata sweet potato < Taino

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British Dictionary definitions for potatoes


/ (pəˈteɪtəʊ) /

noun plural -toes

Also called: Irish potato, white potato
  1. a solanaceous plant, Solanum tuberosum, of South America: widely cultivated for its edible tubers
  2. the starchy oval tuber of this plant, which has a brown or red skin and is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
any of various similar plants, esp the sweet potato
hot potato slang a delicate or awkward matter

Word Origin for potato

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

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Word Origin and History for potatoes


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Idioms and Phrases with potatoes


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

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