American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A widely cultivated South American plant (Lycopersicon esculentum) having edible, fleshy, usually red fruit.
- n. The fruit of this plant.
- n. Slang A woman regarded as attractive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fruit of a garden vegetable, Lycopersicum esculentum, native in tropical South America, now widely cultivated for its esculent fruit in temperate as well as tropical lands; also, the plant itself. The stem is ordinarily weak and reclining, much branched, becoming 4 feet long, but in a French variety—the upright or tree tomato—erect, and sustaining its own fruit. The leaves are interruptedly pinnate, and stain green by contact. It has a small yellow flower, the parts of which are often multiplied in cultivation. The fruit is a berry, normally one- or two-celled and small; under culture, often many-celled and complicated in structure as if by the union of several fruits, large and of a depressed-globose form. A simple pear-shaped form exists; and in one very distinct variety, L. cerasiforme, the cherry- or currant-tomato, the fruit is scarcely larger than a large currant, and is borne in long racemes. The color is commonly some tint of red, sometimes yellow, in one variety nearly white. The tomato-fruit is of a soft, pulpy texture and peculiar slightly acid flavor. It is nutritious and wholesome. with laxative and antiscorbutic properties. The tomato was introduced into Europe early in the sixteenth century; but its esculent use in northern countries began much later. In the United States it was known only as a curiosity till about 1830. It is often called
love-apple, a translation of the French pomme d'amour, which is a corruption of the former Italian name pomo dei Mori, the plant having reached Italy through Morocco. From this name aphrodisiac properties have been ascribed to it.
- n. See Cyphomandra.
- n. A widely cultivated plant, Solanum lycopersicum, having edible fruit
- n. The savory fruit of this plant, red when ripe, treated as a vegetable in horticulture
- n. A shade of red, the colour of a ripe tomato.
- n. slang A desirable-looking woman.
- n. slang A stupid act or person.
- v. transitive to pelt with tomatoes
- v. transitive to add tomatoes to (a dish)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family (Lycopersicum esculentun); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is called also
love apple, is usually of a rounded, flattened form, but often irregular in shape. It is of a bright red or yellow color, and is eaten either cooked or uncooked.
- n. mildly acid red or yellow pulpy fruit eaten as a vegetable
- n. native to South America; widely cultivated in many varieties
- From Spanish tomate, from Classical Nahuatl tomatl, xītomatl. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of Spanish tomate, from Nahuatl tomatl. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Toyin tomato is writing poetry? wow ... wondas shall never end, what was ur source of inspiration?”
“The stem has concentrated levels of CIS 3 hexanol, a real strong component of what we identify as tomato smell.”
“We also made roasted tomatoes, which we call tomato candy.”
“Botanically, a tomato is the ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant: therefore it is a fruit or, more precisely, a berry.”
“The English word tomato comes from the Spanish tomatl, first appearing in print in 1595.”
“However, once in the mainstream, they gained a permanent place on the menu and today the tomato is the subject of more genetic studies than any other New World plant except corn.”
“To her a tomato is a tomato and an onion is an onion ..”
“And as Louise Schiavone reports, it was one year ago today that the FDA launched what it called a tomato safety initiative to prevent just exactly this kind of outbreak.”
“Finding a decent tomato is a difficult thing in the off-season and when you do find them, guess where they came from?”
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