tomatillo

[toh-muh-tee-oh, -teel-yoh]
noun, plural tomatilloes, tomatillos.
a plant, Physalis ixocarpa, of the nightshade family, native to Mexico, having yellow flowers with five blackish spots in the throat and bluish, sticky berries in a purple-veined calyx.
Also called Mexican ground cherry.


Origin:
1910–15; < Spanish, diminutive of tomate tomato

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tomatillo (tɒməˈtɪləʊ, -ˈtiːjəʊ)
 
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1.  Also called: green tomato a solanaceous plant, Physalis ixocarpa, of South Americathe greenish-purple fruit of this plant that is a staple in Mexican cuisine
2.  Also called: green tomato a solanaceous plant, Physalis ixocarpa, of South Americathe greenish-purple fruit of this plant that is a staple in Mexican cuisine

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Lighter options include the spinach enchiladas topped with tomatillo sauce and accompanied by green rice and zucchini.
Meals start with such selections as chicken empanadas with seasoned pulled chicken in tomatillo sauce.
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