Tomatillo Definition

tōmə-tēyō, -tēlyō
tomatillos
noun
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.
Webster's New World
The plant (Physalis ixocarpa) on which this fruit grows.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Physalis philadelphicajamberrypurple ground cherrymiltomatePhysalis ixocarpaMexican husk tomatohusk-tomato

Other Word Forms of Tomatillo

Noun

Singular:
tomatillo
Plural:
tomatillos

Origin of Tomatillo

  • American Spanish diminutive of tomate tomato tomato

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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