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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tomato(noun)

    mildly acid red or yellow pulpy fruit eaten as a vegetable

  2. tomato, love apple, tomato plant, Lycopersicon esculentum(noun)

    native to South America; widely cultivated in many varieties


  1. tomato(Noun)

    A widely cultivated plant, Solanum lycopersicum, having edible fruit

    Etymology: From tomate, from tomatl, xitomatl.

  2. tomato(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From tomate, from tomatl, xitomatl.

  3. tomato(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From tomate, from tomatl, xitomatl.

  4. tomato(Noun)

    A desirable-looking woman.

    Lookit the legs on that hot tomato!

    Etymology: From tomate, from tomatl, xitomatl.

  5. tomato(Noun)

    A stupid act or person.

    Etymology: From tomate, from tomatl, xitomatl.

  6. tomato(Verb)

    to pelt with tomatoes

    Etymology: From tomate, from tomatl, xitomatl.

  7. tomato(Verb)

    to add tomatoes to (a dish)

    Etymology: From tomate, from tomatl, xitomatl.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tomato(noun)

    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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British National Corpus

  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. Robert Graham:

    One of my favorite things to cook is a lentil, mushroom, tomato Bolognese( see recipe for Vegan Bolognese below). I love it because it's stealth health — people think they are eating meat.

  2. Michael Schadler:

    The agreement establishes unprecedented measures and enforcement provisions that will help protect American tomato farmers from injurious dumped Mexican tomatoes.

  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. Trent Smith:

    The zinnia plant is very different from lettuce, it is more sensitive to environmental parameters and light characteristics. It has a longer growth duration between 60 and 80 days. Thus, it is a more difficult plant to grow, and allowing it to flower, along with the longer growth duration, makes it a good precursor to a tomato plant. The zinnia plant, though, showed signs of stress early on - possibly due to high humidity or water engulfing some of the plants.

  5. Rajani Katta:

    If you consume about three tablespoons of tomato paste every single day for 10 weeks, at the end of that 10 weeks, you can see that your skin does not manifest the same level of sun damage.

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