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[toh-muh-tee-oh, -teel-yoh] /ˌtoʊ məˈti oʊ, -ˈtil yoʊ/
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 of tomatillo
1910-15; < Spanish, diminutive of tomate tomato Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tomatillo
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for tomatillo


/tɒməˈtɪləʊ; -ˈtiːjəʊ/
a solanaceous plant, Physalis ixocarpa, of South America
the greenish-purple fruit of this plant that is a staple in Mexican cuisine Also called green tomato
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