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tomatillo

[toh-muh-tee-oh, -teel-yoh]
noun, plural to·ma·til·loes, to·ma·til·los.
  1. a plant, Physalis ixocarpa, of the nightshade family, native to Mexico, having yellow flowers with five blackish spots in the throat and bluish, sticky berries in a purple-veined calyx.
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Origin of tomatillo

1910–15; < Spanish, diminutive of tomate tomato
Also called Mexican ground cherry.
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British Dictionary definitions for tomatillo

tomatillo

noun
  1. a solanaceous plant, Physalis ixocarpa, of South America
  2. the greenish-purple fruit of this plant that is a staple in Mexican cuisineAlso called: green tomato
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