Definition of potato in English:

potato

noun

  • 1A starchy plant tuber that is one of the most important food crops, cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

    ‘roasted potatoes’
    ‘the meal comes with rice or potato’
    [as modifier] ‘leek and potato soup’
    • ‘Place half the leeks on top of potatoes and season with salt and white pepper.’
    • ‘We enjoyed a lunch of a potato leek soup topped off with grated Parmesan cheese.’
    • ‘Conventional wisdom dictates that starchy foods such as potatoes should give up their sugar slowly into the bloodstream.’
    • ‘Get your parents to show you how to cook simple things like potatoes, rice and pasta.’
    • ‘Platters of steamed vegetables and roast potatoes were also served.’
    • ‘Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them, and mash with the butter and salt and pepper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Turn everything gently as it cooks, letting the potatoes and onions colour slightly.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the lamb may be cooked with potatoes or rice, the fat cooking out to enrich and flavour the starchy accompaniment.’
    • ‘Cook the potatoes in simmering salted water for 20 min or until tender.’
    • ‘Lunch would be stew or steak and kidney pud with potatoes and boiled green vegetables.’
    • ‘We'll cook roast lamb and potatoes and indulgent desserts and scoff the whole thing ourselves.’
    • ‘Tea was also rationed, but important foods such as bread, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, and fish were not.’
    • ‘He was the perfect host, cooking us all potato soup and rice on a kerosene stove.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Crops including potatoes and vegetables will be grown, together with grass and clover pasture to help build fertility.’
    • ‘Spoon some potatoes and vegetables around the dish and garnish with fried leeks.’
    • ‘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.’
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  • 2The plant of the nightshade family that produces the potato tubers on underground runners.

    • ‘The turnips did fine in ground previously inhabited by beans, beets, lettuce and potatoes.’
    • ‘In his younger years Paddy went to work at the beet and potatoes harvesting in the English Midlands.’
    • ‘People farm corn, manioc, potatoes, beans, and rice for their personal use.’
    • ‘Yet even cabbages and potatoes are fun to grow, if you grow the right kinds.’
    • ‘By the end of May, the oats, corn, and beans were all well above the ground and the potatoes were on their way.’
    • ‘The agricultural products are dairy and beef products, pork, poultry, potatoes, and flax.’
    • ‘In spring he ploughed their fields for the planting of potatoes and oats.’
    • ‘Those have been for a variety of organisms, including potatoes, cattle, and petunias.’
    • ‘The Colorado potato beetle is a pest of mature plants, and often prefers eggplants to potatoes.’
    • ‘The most commonly cultivated crops are grains, fodder, sugar beets, rape, potatoes, and hops.’
    • ‘She is out with her son planting potatoes on the family farm.’
    • ‘The main agricultural products are grains, sugar beet, and potatoes.’
    • ‘If you plant potatoes in your garden, potatoes will grow - not carrots or daisies.’
    • ‘For the same reason, avoid planting your runners in soil that has been used for growing potatoes the previous year.’
    • ‘As well as radishes, they plant carrots and sometimes potatoes.’
    • ‘Tomatoes are apart of the nightshade family, which include potatoes and eggplants.’
    • ‘As it is, the potato belongs to the botanical family, Solanacea, to which poisonous plants like the nightshade belong.’
    • ‘So we're talking really about wheat, cow's milk, and the potato family.’
    • ‘A draft scheme for the supply of seed oats, wheat, barley, potatoes and fertilisers was put to the council.’
    • ‘Winter and spring cereals, potatoes and sugar beet are grown, while cattle graze old pastures and hay is made on ancient hay meadows.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

potato

/pəˈtādō/