noun (plural tomatoes)
1A glossy red, or occasionally yellow, pulpy edible fruit that is typically eaten as a vegetable or in salad.
- I make salad with avocados, tomato, lettuce and spring onions, with an olive oil and red wine dressing.
- Lycopene is one of the pigments that colour tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables red, orange or yellow.
- So now I'm having a bet each way, with a warm salad of aubergine, tomato and mozzarella.
1.1The bright red color of a ripe tomato.
- Unlike Chinese red, tomato red is not quite as bright, having more orange and white than does a true bright red.
- Shana's face darkened from pale pink to tomato red in a matter of seconds.
- My face turned an unattractive shade of tomato red, clashing with my hair.
2The South American plant of the nightshade family that produces this fruit. It is widely grown as a cash crop, and many varieties have been developed.
- Lycopersicon esculentum, family Solanaceae
- They discussed some tips for planting summer crops like tomatoes and capsicums.
- I personally think if you can only grow two plants it should be a pot of tomatoes and a pot of basil.
- In the garden at the back my aunt grew tomatoes, greens and lettuces.
- Example sentences
- I think I'm going to try and make them into a tomatoey sauce.
- It is leftover chickeny tomatoey pasta from Thursday.
- A speciality not to miss is the simple but delicious spaghetti alla vongole - spaghetti with clams - and not a drop of tomatoey gloop in sight.
Early 17th century: from French, Spanish, or Portuguese tomate, from Nahuatl tomatl.
Words that rhyme with tomatoagitato, Ambato, castrato, esparto, inamorato, legato, moderato, obbligato (US obligato), ostinato, pizzicato, rubato, staccato, vibrato, Waikato
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