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
  1. noun
    an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland
    synonyms: Irish potato, murphy, spud, tater, white potato
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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
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    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
  2. noun
    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
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    vine
    a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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