Definitions for potato
pəˈteɪ toʊ, -təpota·to
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potato, white potato, Irish potato, murphy, spud, taternoun
an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland
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
A plant tuber, Solanum tuberosum, eaten as a starchy vegetable, particularly in the Americas and Europe
A conspicuous hole in a sock or stocking
Etymology: From batata, via patata. Not from a hypothetical Nahuatl word *potatl.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
The potato is a starchy food, a tuber of the plant Solanum tuberosum and is a root vegetable native to the Americas. The plant is a perennial in the nightshade family Solanaceae.Wild potato species can be found from the southern United States to southern Chile. The potato was originally believed to have been domesticated by Native Americans independently in multiple locations, but later genetic studies traced a single origin, in the area of present-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia. Potatoes were domesticated there approximately 7,000–10,000 years ago, from a species in the Solanum brevicaule complex. In the Andes region of South America, where the species is indigenous, some close relatives of the potato are cultivated. Potatoes were introduced to Europe from the Americas by the Spanish in the second half of the 16th century. Today they are a staple food in many parts of the world and an integral part of much of the world's food supply. As of 2014, potatoes were the world's fourth-largest food crop after maize (corn), wheat, and rice. Following millennia of selective breeding, there are now over 5,000 different types of potatoes. Over 99% of potatoes presently cultivated worldwide descend from varieties that originated in the lowlands of south-central Chile. The importance of the potato as a food source and culinary ingredient varies by region and is still changing. It remains an essential crop in Europe, especially Northern and Eastern Europe, where per capita production is still the highest in the world, while the most rapid expansion in production since 2000 has occurred in southern and eastern Asia, with China and India leading the world in overall production as of 2018. Like the tomato, the potato is a nightshade in the genus Solanum, and the vegetative and fruiting parts of the potato contain the toxin solanine which is dangerous for human consumption. Normal potato tubers that have been grown and stored properly produce glycoalkaloids in amounts small enough to be negligible for human health, but, if green sections of the plant (namely sprouts and skins) are exposed to light, the tuber can accumulate a high enough concentration of glycoalkaloids to affect human health. The discovery of acrylamides in starchy foods in 2002 led to international health concerns, but subsequent high-quality evidence showed acrylamide is not likely to cause cancer in humans.
A potato is a starchy tuber plant, part of the nightshade family, that is native to the Americas and is a staple food in many parts of the world. It is typically round or oblong, with a brown, yellow, or red skin and white or yellow flesh and is eaten in many forms, such as boiled, fried, or baked. Potatoes are also used to make alcoholic beverages like vodka and are used in various industrial applications as well.
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
the sweet potato (see below)
Etymology: [Sp. patata potato, batata sweet potato, from the native American name (probably batata) in Hayti.]
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
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.]
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
A type of vegetable.
Potatoes are a type of vegetable cultivated and eaten worldwide.
Submitted by MaryC on December 8, 2016
A legendary food that we cannot live without
Submitted by fez on March 21, 2022
British National Corpus
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Rank popularity for the word 'potato' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3454
Rank popularity for the word 'potato' in Nouns Frequency: #1561
The numerical value of potato in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of potato in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
I love the venison soup stew, salmon milk soup and Jansson's temptation (baked potato with caramelized onion gratin), which are traditional Nordic dishes, i really want to introduce Moomin and Finnish lifestyle to Hong Kong people.
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.
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.
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.
The only healthy potato is a steamed organic sweet potato -Johnny Wowk AKA Johnny The Walker
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- aartappel, ertappelAfrikaans
- бәрәңге, картуфBashkir
- ཞོ་ཁོག་Tibetan Standard
- creïlla, patataCatalan, Valencian
- brambor, bramboraCzech
- паранка, çĕр улмиChuvash
- Erdapfel, KartoffelGerman
- πατάτα, γεώμηλοGreek
- patata, papaSpanish
- patata, lursagarBasque
- peruna, pottuFinnish
- epli, eplFaroese
- patate, pomme de terreFrench
- ierappelWestern Frisian
- fata, prátaIrish
- buntàtaScottish Gaelic
- תפוח אדמהHebrew
- आलु, आलूHindi
- krumpli, burgonyaHungarian
- kartafla, jarðepliIcelandic
- じゃがいも, 馬鈴薯Japanese
- naatsiiatKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 감자, 지실Korean
- tetti, patatysen, aval dorCornish
- GromperLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- irpelLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- rācenis, pampalis, kartupelis, tupenisLatvian
- rīwai, parareka, taewaMāori
- төмс, ᠲᠥᠮᠦᠰᠦMongolian
- patat, aardappel, pieperDutch
- potetNorwegian Nynorsk
- nímasiiNavajo, Navaho
- картофOssetian, Ossetic
- ਆਲੂPanjabi, Punjabi
- pyra, kartofel, ziemniakPolish
- ardöffel, tiffel, tartuffel, mailinterra, truffel, hardefelRomansh
- cartof, barabulăRomanian
- карто́фель, карто́шкаRussian
- buđeita, buđetNorthern Sami
- крумпир, кромпир, krompir, krumpirSerbo-Croatian
- අලSinhala, Sinhalese
- patate, kërtollëAlbanian
- pära, pantoffel, potatis, plugg, potät, jordäppleSwedish
- batata, kiazi ulayaSwahili
- ఉర్లగడ్డ, బంగాళాదుంప, ఆలుగడ్డTelugu
- ياڭيۇUyghur, Uighur
- карто́пля, бу́льба, барабо́ляUkrainian
- khoai tâyVietnamese
- pötet, pötetaplanVolapük
- truke, canada, crompire, petote, cartoxheWalloon
- בולבע, קאַרטאָפֿלYiddish
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