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strawberry tomato

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noun
  1. the small, edible, tomato-like fruit of the plant Physalis pruinosa, of the nightshade family.
  2. the plant itself.
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Origin of strawberry tomato

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for strawberry tomato

strawberry tomato

noun
  1. a tropical solanaceous annual plant, Physalis peruviana, having bell-shaped whitish-yellow flowers and small edible round yellow berries
  2. a similar and related plant, Physalis pubescens
  3. the fruit of either of these plants, eaten fresh or made into preserves and pickles
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Also called: Cape gooseberry
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