tree-tomato

tree tomato

noun
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tamarillo

[tam-uh-ril-oh, -ree-yoh]
noun, plural tamarillos.
1.
the edible, plumlike fruit of a tree, Cyphomandra betacea, of the nightshade family, native to the Peruvian Andes.
2.
the tree itself.
Also called tree tomato.


Origin:
1965–70; pseudo-Sp commercial name (originated in New Zealand); compare Spanish tomatillo, diminutive of tomate tomato

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tamarillo (ˌtæməˈrɪləʊ)
 
n , pl -los
another name for tree tomato

tree tomato
 
n
1.  an arborescent shrub, Cyphomandra betacea or C. crassifolia, native to South America but widely cultivated, bearing red egg-shaped edible fruit: family Solanaceae
2.  the fruit of this plant

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