Tomatillo meaning

tōmə-tēyō, -tēlyō
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A ground cherry (Physalis philadelphica) native to Mexico but widely naturalized in eastern North America, having an edible, yellow to purple viscid fruit.
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The fruit of this plant.
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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.
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The plant (Physalis ixocarpa) on which this fruit grows.
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A fruit of the genus Physalis, resembling the tomato but surrounded by a thin papery skin.
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Origin of tomatillo

  • American Spanish diminutive of tomate tomato tomato

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