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to·ma·til·lo  audio  (tm-ty, -tly) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. to·ma·til·los
  1. A species of ground cherry (Physalis ixocarpa) native to Mexico, widely naturalized in eastern North America, and having an edible, yellow to purple viscid fruit.
  2. The fruit of this plant.

ETYMOLOGY:
American Spanish, diminutive of tomate, tomato ; see tomato


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