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Tomatoe is a fruit

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/9/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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thetallest1

Pro

Ok this is just for the hell of it but it makes me annoyed when people say tomatoe is not a fruit but a vegetable. IT IS A FRUIT PEOPLE!
Beginner

Con

There are four choices for the question pertaining to the fruit or vegetable classification of a tomato.
1. Fruit
2. Vegetable
3. Neither
4. Both
My opponent chose the first choice. The tomato, while botanically a fruit, is actually largely classified a vegetable in the culinary field. It is a fruit because it fulfills the definition of a fruit: The ripened ovary of a seed plant and its contents. [1]
The tomato is a seed plant. Its fruit, also called a tomato, contains the female ovular gametophyte. It fulfills the fruit definition. This definition is biological.
The original definition of a vegetable was very simply:
A nonanimal for of life; a plant [2]
or
Any plant [3]
The adjective form is still used relative to this archaic definition.
Vegetable did not gain its scientific definition until more recent centuries.
The culinary/cultural field still ascribes the vegetable category to the tomato because the tomato is cooked AS a vegetable. Cultural definitions widely proclaim the tomato a vegetable. Biological definitions say fruit.

So, fruit or vegetable? You cannot say one or the other without being half wrong. To be completely correct, you would have to say that the tomato is both a fruit AND a vegetable.
[1] www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fruit [1]
[2] http://quod.lib.umich.edu... [2]
[3] http://www.etymonline.com... [3]
Debate Round No. 1
thetallest1

Pro

Ok a fruit is an edible part of a plant that contains seeds and is grown above ground. A tomato is above ground, it has seeds and is edible.
Beginner

Con

"Ok a fruit is an edible part of a plant that contains seeds and is grown above ground. A tomato is above ground, it has seeds and is edible."
Ok, this fact does not refute the solution I have presented.
Not getting my point?
Here's some help:
I have defined tomato as a fruit AND a vegetable.
I have taken biological/botanical definition to prove its fruit classification
I have also taken the cultural/word definition to prove it a vegetable.
The point is: the tomato is both a fruit AND vegetable!
Not only has the pro side lifted not a finger of effort to respond, she didn't even read my round!
Debate Round No. 2
thetallest1

Pro

thetallest1 forfeited this round.
Beginner

Con

So yeah, a tomato can be considered a fruit and a vegetable! It's a vegefruit/fruitable :)
VOte con!
Debate Round No. 3
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Vote Placed by JorgeLucas 4 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro, you screwed this one up real bad.
Vote Placed by emospongebob527 4 years ago
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