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potato

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

potato
/ (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with potato

potato

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

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