noun pl. taros
- a large, tropical Asiatic plant (Colocasia esculenta) of the arum family, with shield-shaped leaves: it is cultivated for its edible corms, which are the source of poi
- the tuber of this plant
Origin: < a Polynesian language < Proto-Polynesian *talo
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
noun pl. ta·ros
- a. A widely cultivated tropical Asian plant (Colocasia esculenta) having broad peltate leaves and a large starchy edible tuber.b. The tuber of this plant.
- a. A similar plant of the genus Xanthosoma.b. The large starchy tuber of this plant. Also called cocoyam.
Origin: Probably Tahitian.