Origin: Sp. Patata potato, batata sweet potato, from the native American name (probably batata) in Hayti.

<botany> A plant (Solanum tuberosum) of the Nightshade family, and its esculent farinaceous tuber, of which there are numerous varieties used for food. It is native of South America, but a form of the species is found native as far north as new Mexico.

The sweet potato (see below). Potato beetle, Potato bug.

The large green larva of a sphinx, or hawk moth (Macrosila quinquemaculata); called also tomato worm.

<botany> Seaside potato A vine (Ipomoea pandurata) having a pale purplish flower and an enormous root. It is common in sandy places in the United States. A similar tropical American plant (I. Fastigiata) which it is thought may have been the original stock of the sweet potato.

(01 Mar 1998)