n. pl. po·ta·toes
a. A perennial plant (Solanum tuberosum) in the nightshade family that was first cultivated in South America and is widely grown for its starchy edible tubers.
b. A tuber of this plant.
2. Any of various wild plants in the genus Solanum that are similar to the cultivated potato.
3. A sweet potato. See Note at tater.
[Spanish patata, alteration (probably influenced by Quechua papa, white potato) of Taíno batata, sweet potato.]
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