Definition of tamarillo in English:



  • 1A tropical South American plant of the nightshade family, which bears edible egg-shaped red fruits.

    Also called tree tomato
    • ‘Tamarillos were first introduced into New Zealand from Asia in the late 1800s.’
    • ‘The tamarillo is generally believed to be native to the Andes of Peru and probably also, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.’
    • ‘The tamarillo is subtropical rather than tropical and flourishes between 5,000 and 10,000 ft. in its Andean homeland.’
    • ‘Four of the 14 orders deal with commodity levies, which are voted upon by growers of tamarillos, meat, wool, and wine grapes.’
    1. 1.1 The fruit of the tamarillo.
      • ‘And a good tonic it is, according to recent research, which shows that tamarillos rate very well as a source of antioxidants compared with other common fruit and vegetables.’
      • ‘Last winter, I was given a large bag of small, end-of-season tamarillos.’
      • ‘Place the beef, tamarillos, onion and kumara in a casserole dish.’
      • ‘In restaurants, we are offered anything from the faintly recognisable tamarillo or star anise ice-cream to absurd flavours such as anchovy or haggis.’
      • ‘Products like buttercup squash, table grapes, chestnuts, persimmons, avocados, tamarillos, boysenberries, and Nashi Asian pears, just demonstrate the wide diversity of horticultural exports from New Zealand to overseas markets.’


1960s (originally NZ): an invented name, perhaps suggested by Spanish tomatillo, diminutive of tomate ‘tomato’.