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1A starchy plant tuber which is one of the most important food crops, cooked and eaten as a vegetable:‘roast potatoes’[mass noun] ‘mashed potato’
- ‘Turn everything gently as it cooks, letting the potatoes and onions colour slightly.’
- ‘Tea was also rationed, but important foods such as bread, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, and fish were not.’
- ‘Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them, and mash with the butter and salt and pepper.’
- ‘Spoon some potatoes and vegetables around the dish and garnish with fried leeks.’
- ‘Crops including potatoes and vegetables will be grown, together with grass and clover pasture to help build fertility.’
- ‘Platters of steamed vegetables and roast potatoes were also served.’
- ‘I have been cooking potatoes in olive oil and then topping them with cheese for years.’
- ‘For example, pick up a roasted chicken from the deli and cook potatoes and vegetables at home.’
- ‘Get your parents to show you how to cook simple things like potatoes, rice and pasta.’
- ‘Place half the leeks on top of potatoes and season with salt and white pepper.’
- ‘These standards mean starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta must not be cooked in oil or fat more than three times a week.’
- ‘Lunch would be stew or steak and kidney pud with potatoes and boiled green vegetables.’
- ‘Avoid fatty and fried foods and stick to starchy foods like rice, potatoes and pasta.’
- ‘More spuds, plus homegrown leeks, red onions and garlic made the potato and leek soup I'll be enjoying for lunch tomorrow.’
- ‘Cook the potatoes in simmering salted water for 20 min or until tender.’
- ‘Conventional wisdom dictates that starchy foods such as potatoes should give up their sugar slowly into the bloodstream.’
- ‘Alternatively, the lamb may be cooked with potatoes or rice, the fat cooking out to enrich and flavour the starchy accompaniment.’
- ‘He was the perfect host, cooking us all potato soup and rice on a kerosene stove.’
- ‘We'll cook roast lamb and potatoes and indulgent desserts and scoff the whole thing ourselves.’
- ‘We enjoyed a lunch of a potato leek soup topped off with grated Parmesan cheese.’
2The plant of the nightshade family which produces potatoes on underground runners.
- ‘By the end of May, the oats, corn, and beans were all well above the ground and the potatoes were on their way.’
- ‘Winter and spring cereals, potatoes and sugar beet are grown, while cattle graze old pastures and hay is made on ancient hay meadows.’
- ‘The most commonly cultivated crops are grains, fodder, sugar beets, rape, potatoes, and hops.’
- ‘In his younger years Paddy went to work at the beet and potatoes harvesting in the English Midlands.’
- ‘In spring he ploughed their fields for the planting of potatoes and oats.’
- ‘Tomatoes are apart of the nightshade family, which include potatoes and eggplants.’
- ‘The Colorado potato beetle is a pest of mature plants, and often prefers eggplants to potatoes.’
- ‘The agricultural products are dairy and beef products, pork, poultry, potatoes, and flax.’
- ‘If you plant potatoes in your garden, potatoes will grow - not carrots or daisies.’
- ‘The main agricultural products are grains, sugar beet, and potatoes.’
- ‘Those have been for a variety of organisms, including potatoes, cattle, and petunias.’
- ‘As well as radishes, they plant carrots and sometimes potatoes.’
- ‘A draft scheme for the supply of seed oats, wheat, barley, potatoes and fertilisers was put to the council.’
- ‘The turnips did fine in ground previously inhabited by beans, beets, lettuce and potatoes.’
- ‘So we're talking really about wheat, cow's milk, and the potato family.’
- ‘Yet even cabbages and potatoes are fun to grow, if you grow the right kinds.’
- ‘For the same reason, avoid planting your runners in soil that has been used for growing potatoes the previous year.’
- ‘People farm corn, manioc, potatoes, beans, and rice for their personal use.’
- ‘She is out with her son planting potatoes on the family farm.’
- ‘As it is, the potato belongs to the botanical family, Solanacea, to which poisonous plants like the nightshade belong.’
3British informal A large hole in a sock or stocking, especially one in the heel.
- ‘Gumboots will hole a potato like a cannon-ball in the heels of a new pair of socks in an afternoon.’
- ‘Ive got a potato in my sock.’
Mid 16th century: from Spanish patata, variant of Taino batata sweet potato. The English word originally denoted the sweet potato and gained its current sense in the late 16th century.
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