pomme de terre

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pomme (apple) +‎ de (from) +‎ terre (earth). Literally meaning "an apple from the earth." The word pomme used to mean "fruit" in Old French. Compare the rare English earthapple, German Erdapfel, Dutch aardappel and Icelandic jarðepli.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɔm də tɛʁ/
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Noun[edit]

pomme de terre f (plural pommes de terre)

  1. potato (Solanum tuberosum)
    Synonyms: patate (informal), PDT (abbreviation)

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Descendants[edit]

  • German: Erdapfel (calque)