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, tater(noun)

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

  2. potato, white potato, white potato vine, Solanum tuberosum(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. potato(Noun)

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

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

  2. potato(Noun)

    A conspicuous hole in a sock or stocking

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Potato(noun)

    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

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

  2. Potato(noun)

    the sweet potato (see below)

    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  

British National Corpus

  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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How to say potato in sign language?

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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. Heriberto Gonzalez:

    There are some soups that any Mexican mothers could prepare! Borscht, for example, because they use the potato in a very similar way. Of course, there's a little bitter Russian flavor to it, but if I wanted Mexican food, I would have stayed in Mexico!

  2. Jim Kabbani:

    Potato chip companies have become creative in their advertising, even going as far as changing the shape of their chips to triangles or mixing ingredients to make a hybrid chip.

  3. Mitch Hedberg:

    I was gonna get a candy bar; the button I was supposed to push was "HH", so I went to the side, I found the "H" button, I pushed it twice. Fuckin'...potato chips came out man, 'cause they had a "HH" button, for Christ's sakes! You need to let me know. I'm not familiar with the concept of "HH". I did not learn my AA-BB-CC's. God god dammit dammit.

  4. Stuart Stevens:

    You have to give people a reason why they should listen to you. And when there's other alternatives up there that are acceptable, there's always this question like why are you on the shelf ? ... I mean, do we really need eight variations of barbeque potato chips ? I've got four choices. I'm going to find some barbeque potato chips I like.

  5. Thomas Overbury:

    The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato - the best part under ground.

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