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Definitions for tomato
təˈmeɪ toʊ, -ˈmɑ-toma·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tomatonoun

    mildly acid red or yellow pulpy fruit eaten as a vegetable

  2. tomato, love apple, tomato plant, Lycopersicon esculentumnoun

    native to South America; widely cultivated in many varieties


  1. tomatonoun

    A widely cultivated plant, Solanum lycopersicum, having edible fruit

  2. tomatonoun

    The savoury fruit of this plant, red when ripe, treated as a vegetable in horticulture

  3. tomatonoun

    A shade of red, the colour of a ripe tomato.

  4. tomatonoun

    A desirable-looking woman.

    Lookit the legs on that hot tomato!

  5. tomatonoun

    A stupid act or person.

  6. tomatoverb

    to pelt with tomatoes

  7. tomatoverb

    to add tomatoes to (a dish)

  8. Etymology: From tomate, from tomatl, xitomatl.


  1. Tomato

    The tomato is the edible berry of the plant Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as the tomato plant. The species originated in western South America, Mexico, and Central America. The Mexican Nahuatl word tomatl gave rise to the Spanish word tomate, from which the English word tomato derived. Its domestication and use as a cultivated food may have originated with the indigenous peoples of Mexico. The Aztecs used tomatoes in their cooking at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, and after the Spanish encountered the tomato for the first time after their contact with the Aztecs, they brought the plant to Europe, in a widespread transfer of plants known as the Columbian exchange. From there, the tomato was introduced to other parts of the European-colonized world during the 16th century.Tomatoes are a significant source of umami flavor. They are consumed in diverse ways: raw or cooked, and in many dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks. While tomatoes are fruits—botanically classified as berries—they are commonly used culinarily as a vegetable ingredient or side dish.Numerous varieties of the tomato plant are widely grown in temperate climates across the world, with greenhouses allowing for the production of tomatoes throughout all seasons of the year. Tomato plants typically grow to 1–3 meters (3–10 ft) in height. They are vines that have a weak stem that sprawls and typically needs support. Indeterminate tomato plants are perennials in their native habitat, but are cultivated as annuals. (Determinate, or bush, plants are annuals that stop growing at a certain height and produce a crop all at once.) The size of the tomato varies according to the cultivar, with a range of 1–10 cm (1⁄2–4 in) in width.


  1. tomato

    A tomato is a red or yellowish edible fruit that is typically eaten as a vegetable or in salads or used to make sauces. It is scientifically classified as a berry of the plant Solanum lycopersicum, which belongs to the nightshade family, native to western South America. Tomatoes come in many different varieties, from the tiny cherry tomato to the large beefsteak tomato. They are rich in vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tomatonoun

    the fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family (Lycopersicum esculentun); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is called also love apple, is usually of a rounded, flattened form, but often irregular in shape. It is of a bright red or yellow color, and is eaten either cooked or uncooked


  1. Tomato

    A tomato is the edible, often red fruit from the plant Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant. Both the species and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread around the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Its many varieties are now widely grown, sometimes in greenhouses in cooler climates. The tomato is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks. While it is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes, which has caused some confusion. The fruit is rich in lycopene, which may have beneficial health effects. The tomato belongs to the nightshade family. The plants typically grow to 1–3 meters in height and have a weak stem that often sprawls over the ground and vines over other plants. It is a perennial in its native habitat, although often grown outdoors in temperate climates as an annual. An average common tomato weighs 102–105 grams.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tomato

    tō-mä′tō, or tō-mā′tō, n. the pulpy edible fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family (Solanaceæ), or the plant itself, native to South America, but now much cultivated in Europe—earlier called the 'love-apple':—pl. Toma′toes. [Sp. tomate—Mex. tomate.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tomato

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

    Tomato is a fruit and is grown and cultivated as a source and type of food, loved and eaten by many.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 30, 2016  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tomato' in Nouns Frequency: #2324

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tomato in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tomato in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of tomato in a Sentence

  1. Aysegul Sanford:

    This Italian-inspired baked chicken Parmesan will have your other half falling in love all over again, the creaminess from the cheese balances nicely with the tangy rich tomato sauce and the fresh basil offers some herbal accents. It offers all the satisfaction and indulgence of the original dish but with a healthy twist. Use this recipe for perfect golden crispy chicken every time without the need for frying.

  2. AiR:

    Karma is nothing but the law of action. Whatever is our action, so will be the reaction. If we plant a tomato, we shouldn’t expect a mango. What we reap is what we sow!

  3. Drew Hiatts:

    You can eat them raw like a piece of meat. Tomatoes in January are hard and there's no juice, if someone asks if they can get a tomato on their burger in January, I say' no.' I don't even buy them.

  4. Frank Leary:

    I would love to find the can of soup. That amount of money is a terrible, terrible loss for anyone, for all I know, that Campbell tomato soup is sitting in someone's cabinet right now and they don't even know it.

  5. Janet Woodcock:

    Who would think bread ? And yet bread is one of the highest sources of sodium that people are getting, the problem it's so cumulative : the tomato sauce, the peas, the bread, the salad dressing. Pretty soon your whole meal has hidden salt in it, and it's really hard right now for people to manage that on their own.

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