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yam

noun (n)

  • edible tuber of any of several yams (noun.plant)
    source: wordnet30
  • any of a number of tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea many having edible tuberous roots (noun.plant)
    Synonym: yam plant
    source: wordnet30
  • sweet potato with deep orange flesh that remains moist when baked (noun.food)
    source: wordnet30
  • edible tuberous root of various yam plants of the genus Dioscorea grown in the tropics world-wide for food (noun.food)
    source: wordnet30
  • A large, esculent, farinaceous tuber of various climbing plants of the genus Dioscorea; also, the plants themselves. Mostly natives of warm climates. The plants have netted-veined, petioled leaves, and pods with three broad wings. The commonest species is D. sativa, but several others are cultivated. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Any one of several cultural varieties of the sweet potato. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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