noun, plural to·ma·toes.
Origin of tomato
Examples from the Web for tomato
The tomato sauce is ‘gravy’ to many Italian-Americans of a certain class.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison|Daniel Genis|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sandwich is made with thick tiles of quality bread and adorned with lettuce and tomato.Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market|Jane & Michael Stern|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mongolians bravely swallow a glass of pickled sheep eyeballs mixed into tomato juice to chase away their morning-after blues.
Neighboring families war over who makes the best, most authentic, recipe for everything from tomato sauce to minestrone.
Tommy and I would leave just after the tomato harvest to travel around Italy.
Always serve either cream or tomato sauce with croquettes and cutlets and garnish them with parsley or cress.Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book|Mary A. Wilson
Place on toast, cover with tomato sauce, and put a few leaves of fresh mint on top before serving.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book|Victor Hirtzler
Tomato preserves are highly relished by some; likewise tomato pies.
The tomato, by reason of its natural acidity, is readily sterilized and so can be preserved easily in glass or tin.The Tomato|Paul Work
In one series, tomato and potato cuttings, which had flagged in the cutting bed, revived when grafted.
British Dictionary definitions for tomato
noun plural -toes
Word Origin for tomato
Word Origin and History for tomato
1753, earlier tomate (c.1600), from Spanish tomate (mid-16c.) from Nahuatl tomatl "a tomato," literally "the swelling fruit," from tomana "to swell." Spelling probably influenced by potato (1565).
A member of the nightshade family, all of which contain poisonous alkaloids. Introduced in Europe from the New World, by 1550 they regularly were consumed in Italy but grown only as ornamental plants in England and not eaten there or in the U.S. at first. An encyclopedia of 1753 describes it as "a fruit eaten either stewed or raw by the Spaniards and Italians and by the Jew families of England." Introduced in U.S. as part of a program by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson (1789), but not commonly eaten until after c.1830.
Alternative name love apple and alleged aphrodisiac qualities have not been satisfactorily explained; perhaps from Italian name pomodoro, taken as from adorare "to adore," but probably actually from d'or "of gold" (in reference to color) or de Moro "of the Moors." Slang meaning "an attractive girl" is recorded from 1929, on notion of juicy plumpness.