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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A species of ground cherry (Physalis ixocarpa) native to Mexico, widely naturalized in eastern North America, and having an edible, yellow to purple viscid fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this plant.

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  • n. A fruit of the genus Physalis, resembling the tomato but surrounded by a thin papery skin.

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  • n. annual of Mexico and southern United States having edible purplish viscid fruit resembling small tomatoes
  • n. small edible yellow to purple tomato-like fruit enclosed in a bladderlike husk
  • n. Mexican annual naturalized in eastern North America having yellow to purple edible fruit resembling small tomatoes

Etymologies

American Spanish, diminutive of tomate, tomato; see tomato.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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