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.
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 tomatillo
- American Spanish diminutive of tomate tomato tomato
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition