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to·ma·til·lo

 (tō′mə-tē′yō, -tēl′yō)
n. pl. to·ma·til·los
1. A ground cherry (Physalis philadelphica) native to Mexico but widely naturalized in eastern North America, having an edible, yellow to purple viscid fruit.
2. The fruit of this plant.

[American Spanish, diminutive of tomate, tomato; see tomato.]

tomatillo

(tɒməˈtɪləʊ; -ˈtiːjəʊ)
n
1. (Plants) a solanaceous plant, Physalis ixocarpa, of South America
2. (Plants) the greenish-purple fruit of this plant that is a staple in Mexican cuisine. Also called: green tomato

to•ma•til•lo

(ˌtoʊ məˈti oʊ, -ˈtil yoʊ)

n., pl. -loes, -los.
a plant of Mexico and the southern U.S., Physalis ixocarpa, of the nightshade family, one variety of which produces a small, green, tomatolike fruit used in cooking.
[1910–15; < Sp, diminutive of tomate tomato]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tomatillo - Mexican annual naturalized in eastern North America having yellow to purple edible fruit resembling small tomatoestomatillo - Mexican annual naturalized in eastern North America having yellow to purple edible fruit resembling small tomatoes
ground cherry, husk tomato - any of numerous cosmopolitan annual or perennial herbs of the genus Physalis bearing edible fleshy berries enclosed in a bladderlike husk; some cultivated for their flowers
2.tomatillo - annual of Mexico and southern United States having edible purplish viscid fruit resembling small tomatoestomatillo - annual of Mexico and southern United States having edible purplish viscid fruit resembling small tomatoes
husk tomato, Mexican husk tomato, tomatillo - small edible yellow to purple tomato-like fruit enclosed in a bladderlike husk
ground cherry, husk tomato - any of numerous cosmopolitan annual or perennial herbs of the genus Physalis bearing edible fleshy berries enclosed in a bladderlike husk; some cultivated for their flowers
3.tomatillo - small edible yellow to purple tomato-like fruit enclosed in a bladderlike husktomatillo - small edible yellow to purple tomato-like fruit enclosed in a bladderlike husk
solanaceous vegetable - any of several fruits of plants of the family Solanaceae; especially of the genera Solanum, Capsicum, and Lycopersicon
Mexican husk tomato, Physalis ixocarpa, tomatillo, jamberry - annual of Mexico and southern United States having edible purplish viscid fruit resembling small tomatoes
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NOTES: The tomatillo relish can be made up to 2 days ahead; cover and chill.