- 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.
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- 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