What does potato mean?

Definitions for potato
pəˈteɪ toʊ, -təpota·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. potato, white potato, Irish potato, murphy, spud, taternoun

    an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland

  2. potato, white potato, white potato vine, Solanum tuberosumnoun

    annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous

Wiktionary

  1. potatonoun

    A plant tuber, Solanum tuberosum, eaten as a starchy vegetable, particularly in the Americas and Europe

  2. potatonoun

    A conspicuous hole in a sock or stocking

  3. Etymology: From batata, via patata. Not from a hypothetical Nahuatl word *potatl.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Potatonoun

    An esculent root.

    The red and white potatoes are the most common esculent roots now in use, and were originally brought from Virginia into Europe. Philip Miller.

    On choicest melons and sweet grapes they dine,
    And with potatoes fat their wanton swine. Edmund Waller.

    The families of farmers live in filth and nastiness upon butter-milk and potatoes. Jonathan Swift.

    Leek to the Welch, to Dutchmen butter’s dear,
    Of Irish swains potatoe is the chear;
    Oats for their feasts the Scottish shepherds grind,
    Sweet turnips are the food of Blouzelind;
    While she loves turnips, butter I’ll despise,
    Nor leeks, nor oatmeal, nor potatoe prize. John Gay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Potatonoun

    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

  2. Potatonoun

    the sweet potato (see below)

  3. Etymology: [Sp. patata potato, batata sweet potato, from the native American name (probably batata) in Hayti.]

Freebase

  1. Potato

    The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial Solanum tuberosum of the Solanaceae family. The word may refer to the plant itself as well as the edible tuber. In the region of the Andes, there are some other closely related cultivated potato species. Potatoes were introduced outside the Andes region four centuries ago, and have become an integral part of much of the world's cuisine. It is the world's fourth-largest food crop, following rice, wheat and maize. Long-term storage of potatoes requires specialised care in cold warehouses. Wild potato species occur throughout the Americas, from the United States to southern Chile. The potato was originally believed to have been domesticated independently in multiple locations, but later genetic testing of the wide variety of cultivars and wild species proved a single origin for potatoes in the area of present-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia, where they were domesticated 7,000–10,000 years ago. Following centuries of selective breeding, there are now over a thousand different types of potatoes. Of these subspecies, a variety that at one point grew in the Chiloé Archipelago left its germplasm on over 99% of the cultivated potatoes worldwide.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Potato

    pō-tā′tō, n. one of the tubers of a plant almost universally cultivated for food in the temperate parts of the globe: the plant itself:—pl. Potā′toes.—ns. Potā′to-bee′tle, a North American beetle which commits fearful ravages among potatoes; Potā′to-bing (Scot.), a heap of potatoes to be preserved; Potā′to-bō′gle (Scot.), a scarecrow; Potā′to-disease′, -rot, a destructive disease of the potato caused by a parasitic fungus; Potā′to-fing′er (Shak.), a fat finger, used in contempt; Potā′to-fly, a dipterous insect of the same genus as the radish-fly, whose maggots are often abundant in bad potatoes in autumn.—Small potatoes (U.S.), anything petty or contemptible. [Sp. patata, batata, orig. Haytian.]

Editors Contribution

  1. potato

    A type of cultivar, plant or seed created and cultivated in various species.

    There are thousands of varieties of potatoes grown across the world and they are one of the worlds most popular grown tuber vegetables and food.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 8, 2016  
  2. potato

    A type of vegetable.

    Potatoes are a type of vegetable cultivated and eaten worldwide.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 8, 2016  
  3. Potato

    A legendary food that we cannot live without

    Submitted by fez on March 21, 2022  

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'potato' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3454

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'potato' in Nouns Frequency: #1561

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of potato in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of potato in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of potato in a Sentence

  1. Bernie Sanders:

    It probably costs more to eat here, what are you supposed to feed your kids? Potato chips?

  2. Johnny Wowk:

    The only healthy potato is a steamed organic sweet potato -Johnny Wowk AKA Johnny The Walker

  3. Charlotte Bronte:

    No mockery in the world ever sounds to me as hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mould, and tilled with manure.

  4. Alessio Fasano:

    Something during the war that was missing was the culprit, and one of the commodities that was missing was wheat. As a matter of fact, flour during the war was made with potato starch and not with wheat.

  5. Caleb Logan LeBlanc:

    I am a bake potato bake potato bake potatoooo

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