Monday, 11 July 2011


La palabra de hoy es: 'tomate' = tomato.

In Spanish, 'tomate' is a masculine noun with origin in the language of native Mexican tribes. Besides its basic meaning, the noun 'tomate' may also mean colloquially a hole (in an item of knitted clothing), or a kerfuffle or confusion.

The noun 'tomate' is used in some common expressions, such as:
  • Ponerse como un tomate (to blush)
  • Ponerse colorado como un tomate (to blush)
  • Ponerse como un tomate (to blush)
  • Salsa de tomate (tomato sauce/ ketchup)
  • Tomate maduro (ripe tomato)
  • Tomate verde (unripe tomato)
  • Tomate verde (green tomato)

Some examples of the use of 'tomate' are:
  • Una ensalada de tomate (a tomato salad)
  • Tengo un tomate en el calcetín (I have a hole in my sock)
  • Se armó tremendo tomate (a big kerfuffle ensued) loves the word 'tomate' in the YouTube clip on how to grow tomatoes: El cultivo del tomate
More on the word 'tomate', visit: Tomate

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “tomate” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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