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

  • n. A South American plant (Solanum tuberosum) widely cultivated for its starchy edible tubers.
  • n. A tuber of this plant.
  • n. A sweet potato. See Regional Note at possum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant tuber, Solanum tuberosum, eaten as a starchy vegetable, particularly in the Americas and Europe
  • n. A conspicuous hole in a sock or stocking

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant (Solanum tuberosum) of the Nightshade family, and its esculent farinaceous tuber, of which there are numerous varieties used for food. It is native of South America, but a form of the species is found native as far north as New Mexico.
  • n. The sweet potato (see below).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sweet potato. See below.
  • n. One of the esculent tubers of the common plant Solanum tuberosum, or the plant itself.
  • n. The liliaceous genus Calochortus: so called from its bulb or corm.
  • n. In Bengal, the yam.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous
  • n. an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland


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

Spanish patata, alteration (probably influenced by Quechua papa, white potato) of Taino batata, sweet potato.

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From Taino batata ("sweet potato"), via Spanish patata. Not from a hypothetical Nahuatl word *potatl.



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    December 28, 2016

  • "Since English is a language that stresses some syllables and not others, weakly stressed syllables, especially those preceding strong stresses, are dropped at times. This process, called aphesis when it occurs at the beginning of a word, is more common in regional American dialects than in the more conservative Standard English, which tends to retain in pronunciation anything reflected in spelling. Although many American dialects feature aphesis, it is most famous in the dialects of the South, where it yields pronunciations such as count of for (on) account of, tater for potato, possum for opossum, and skeeter for mosquito."

    --from the regional note for possum in The American Heritage Dictionary.

    April 7, 2011

  • A person with a weird shaped body. Could be anyone!

    February 28, 2009

  • One potato, two potato,

    Three potato, four;

    Five potato, six potato,

    Seven potato, MORE.

    - traditional.

    November 4, 2008