tomatillo definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. tomatillos
- a small, round fruit with a papery husk, used as a vegetable in Mexican cooking: yellow to purple when ripe, but cooked while still green
- the plant (Physalis ixocarpa) on which this fruit grows
Origin: American Spanish dim of tomate, tomato
tomatillo definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. to·ma·til·los
- A species of ground cherry (Physalis ixocarpa) native to Mexico, widely naturalized in eastern North America, and having an edible, yellow to purple viscid fruit.
- The fruit of this plant.
Origin: American Spanish, diminutive of tomate, tomato; see tomato.