noun (plural tomatillos)
1A small edible fruit that is purplish or yellow when ripe, but is most often used when green for salsas and preserves.
- The first course is a Mexican Baja lobster ceviche made with Patron 100 percent agave tequila, lobster, yellow grapefruit and tomatillos served with a Dos Equis or Negro Modelo beer.
- Add the onion, garlic, jalapenos, and tomatillos and cook until the onion turns translucent.
- In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, tomatillos, jalapeno and garlic.
2The Mexican plant, related to the cape gooseberry, that bears this fruit.
- Physalis philadelphica, family Solanaceae
- We raised several kinds of tomatoes, peppers, and squash, as well as beans, corn, tomatillos, watermelons, and an assortment of herbs and flowers, all in about 400 square feet.
- The tomatillo fruits well in Queensland, Australia, and in S. Africa.
Early 20th century: from Spanish, diminutive of tomate 'tomato'.
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