from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The globose berry of the potato, Solanum tuberosum. See potato, 2.
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Another one told him that perhaps he'd better keep a little shady; that are chap that had got the mittin was praowlin 'abaout with a pistil, -- one o' them Darringers abaout as long as your thumb, an '' ll fire a bullet as big as a potato-ball, -- a fellah carries one in his breeches-pocket, an 'shoots y' right threugh his own pahnts, withaout ever takin 'on it aout of his pocket.
These characteristics, some or all, imbibed by the minute potato from the ingredients of the soil, at its first growth from the seed of the potato-ball, adhere with great tenacity to it through all its generations.