a tropical, tender plant, Solanum aculeatissimum, of the nightshade family, having prickly leaves, clusters of large, star-shaped white flowers, and red, tomatolike fruit.
Archaic. the tomato.
an archaic name for tomato

“tomato,” 1570s, corresponding to French pomme d’amour, German liebesapfel, but the reason for the term remains obscure. One guess is that it is a corruption of Italian pomo de’Mori or Spanish pome dei Moro, literally “Moorish apple.”


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