[ puh-tey-toh, -tuh ]SEE DEFINITION OF potato

Synonyms for potato

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Separate the egg, beat the yolk, and mix it with the potato.

Then another layer of meat, potato, &c., till the dish is full.

Few of the flowers merely meant for ornament are so ethereal as a potato.

We'll have peas with the fillet, and potato balls and Brussels sprouts.

"Neither have I," quoth Bagley, and filled his mouth with mutton and potato.

It is not only as a food-plant that the potato has secured the respect and affection of mankind.

In a raw state the potato is used as a cooling application for burns and sores.

And then, besides, he had just eaten a potato; that would be sufficient for him.

Victor on his side had had the idea to fill it with potato parings.

As she stuffed the first potato into her mouth, she burst out sobbing.


1560s, from Spanish patata, from a Carib language of Haiti batata "sweet potato." Sweet potatoes were first to be introduced to Europe; in cultivation in Spain by mid-16c.; in Virginia by 1648. Early 16c. Portuguese traders carried the crop to all their shipping ports and the sweet potato was quickly adopted from Africa to India and Java.

The name later (1590s) was extended to the common white potato, from Peru, which was at first (mistakenly) called Virginia potato, or, because at first it was of minor importance compared to the sweet potato, bastard potato. Spanish invaders in Peru began to use white potatoes as cheap food for sailors 1530s. The first potato from South America reached Pope Paul III in 1540; grown in France at first as an ornamental plant. According to popular tradition, introduced to Ireland 1565 by John Hawkins. Brought to England from Colombia by Sir Thomas Herriot, 1586.

German kartoffel (17c.) is a dissimilation from tartoffel, ultimately from Italian tartufolo (Vulgar Latin *territuberem), originally "truffle." Frederick II forced its cultivation on Prussian peasants in 1743. The French is pomme de terre, literally "earth-apple;" a Swedish dialectal word for "potato" is jordpäron, literally "earth-pear."

Colloquial pronunciation tater is attested in print from 1759. Potato chip (n.) attested from 1879. To drop (something) like a hot potato is from 1824. Children's counting-out rhyme that begins one potato, two potato first recorded 1885 in Canada. Slang potato trap "mouth" attested from 1785.



nounappearance, usually of the face
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