potato

The potato is a mighty tuber! You can find it baked, mashed, or fried, among other things, in kitchens the world over.

Potato, which comes from the Spanish word patata, originally meant "sweet potato." Potatoes have been around for quite awhile. If you'd lived in the Andes 1800 years ago, you might have been eating potatoes ever since (though you might be sick of them by now). Remember that the plural form of this starchy vegetable ends in "toes."

Definitions of potato
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n an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland

Synonyms:
Irish potato, murphy, spud, tater, white potato
Types:
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baked potato
potato that has been cooked by baking it in an oven
chips, french fries, french-fried potatoes, fries
strips of potato fried in deep fat
home fries, home-fried potatoes
sliced pieces of potato fried in a pan until brown and crisp
mashed potato
potato that has been peeled and boiled and then mashed
Uruguay potato
similar to the common potato
jacket potato
a baked potato served with the jacket on
Type of:
starches
foodstuff rich in natural starch (especially potatoes, rice, bread)
solanaceous vegetable
any of several fruits of plants of the family Solanaceae; especially of the genera Solanum, Capsicum, and Lycopersicon
root vegetable
any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers

n annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous

Synonyms:
Solanum tuberosum, white potato, white potato vine
Type of:
vine
a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface

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