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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tomato  \To*ma"to\,  n.;  pl  {Tomatoes}.  [Sp.  or  Pg  tomate,  of 
  American  Indian  origin;  cf  Mexican  tomail.]  (Bot.) 
  The  fruit  of  a  plant  of  the  Nightshade  family  ({Lycopersicum 
  esculentun});  also  the  plant  itself  The  fruit,  which  is 
  called  also  {love  apple},  is  usually  of  a  rounded,  flattened 
  form  but  often  irregular  in  shape.  It  is  of  a  bright  red  or 
  yellow  color,  and  is  eaten  either  cooked  or  uncooked. 
  {Tomato  gall}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  gall  consisting  of  a  mass 
  of  irregular  swellings  on  the  stems  and  leaves  of 
  grapevines.  They  are  yellowish  green,  somewhat  tinged  with 
  red,  and  produced  by  the  larva  of  a  small  two-winged  fly 
  ({Lasioptera  vitis}). 
  {Tomato  sphinx}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  adult  or  imago  of  the  tomato 
  worm.  It  closely  resembles  the  tobacco  hawk  moth.  Called 
  also  {tomato  hawk  moth}.  See  Illust.  of  {Hawk  moth}. 
  {Tomato  worm}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  larva  of  a  large  hawk  moth 
  ({Sphinx,  or  Macrosila  quinquemaculata})  which  feeds  upon 
  the  leaves  of  the  tomato  and  potato  plants,  often  doing 
  considerable  damage.  Called  also  {potato  worm}. 

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