- 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 of tomatilloAmSp, dim of tomate, tomato
- A ground cherry (Physalis philadelphica) native to Mexico but widely naturalized in eastern North America, having an edible, yellow to purple viscid fruit.
- The fruit of this plant.
Origin of tomatilloAmerican Spanish, diminutive of tomate, tomato; see tomato.