noun, plural to·ma·toes.
Origin of tomato
Examples from the Web for tomatoes
The tomatoes' crunch and tang add new dimensions of delight.The Ultimate Southern Cheeseburger Created in South Carolina|Jane & Michael Stern|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chile relleno is another meatless meal, served in a mild salsa ranchero redolent of tomatoes.
I lived for my packages from home of eggplants and asparagus and tomatoes and broccoli and elephant garlic.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison|Daniel Genis|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tomatoes are nightshades, a plant family whose other members include tobacco, potatoes, pimentos, peppers, eggplant and paprika.
Return the chicken to the pan with half of the tomatoes and the tarragon.Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook|Daniel Boulud|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Then add four tomatoes peeled and chopped; one-half tablespoonful salt; a few grains cayenne and one-fourth teaspoonful paprika.Stevenson Memorial Cook Book|Various
Potatoes were not as yet cultivated in New England, onions were not generally, and tomatoes were looked upon as poisonous.
"But it must be finer yet for some things, like lettuce and tomatoes," said Mr. Blake.Daddy Takes Us to the Garden|Howard R. Garis
Peel the tomatoes, cut off the stem end and scoop out the core and seeds.
Also he cultivated the little garden-yard behind the house, and he had a small greenhouse with tomatoes.Tono Bungay|H. G. Wells
noun plural -toes
Word Origin 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.