n. pl. to·ma·toes


1. A widely cultivated South American plant (Lycopersicon esculentum) having edible, fleshy, usually red fruit.

2. The fruit of this plant.

2. Slang. A woman regarded as attractive.



[Alteration of Spanish tomate, from Nahuatl tomatl.]to·mato·ey (-t-) adj.


Word History: Among the greatest contributions to world civilization made by the early inhabitants of the Americas are plant foods such as the potato and squash. The tomato, whose name comes ultimately from the Nahuatl language spoken by the Aztecs and other groups in Mexico and Central America, was another important contribution. When the Spanish conquered this area, they brought the tomato back to Spain and, borrowing the Nahuatl word tomatl for it, named it tomate, a form shared in French, Portuguese, and early Modern English. Tomate, first recorded in 1604, gave way to tomato, a form created in English either because it was assumed to be Spanish or under the influence of the word potato. As is well known, people at first resisted eating this New World food because its membership in the nightshade family made it seem potentially poisonous, but it is now is an important element of many world cuisines.



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  • .nate PRO 10y

    "A woman regarded as attractive." We have got to bring this one back.

    Hey BTW, did you check out Walsh's tomato?
  • Shawn PRO 10y

    Wow! Great DoF, - I could almost reach out and touch it, it seems!
  • Alyssa Ferrer 9y

    Very cool
  • Absolute Michigan Staff 9y

    Hello. We have put a small version of this photo on Michigan Tomatoes on Absolute Michigan.

    I hope that squares with your intent by licensing it under the Creative Commons!
  • Simon Fuzzy 6y

    Ciao!!! ho creato un nuovo gruppo sul POMODORO
    Ci piacerebbe aggiunger ela tua foto al gruppo!!!!!!!!
  • Nour El-Zibdeh 5y

    Hi Ben,
    Great pictures. I've used it in my bog if you would like to check it out.

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