[ toh-muh-tee-oh, -teel-yoh ]
/ ˌtoʊ məˈti oʊ, -ˈtil yoʊ /

noun, plural to·ma·til·loes, to·ma·til·los.

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.

Origin of tomatillo

1910–15; < Spanish, diminutive of tomate tomato
Also called Mexican ground cherry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for tomatillo


/ (tɒməˈtɪləʊ, -ˈtiːjəʊ) /


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