Cocoyam meaning

kōkō-yăm
New cocoyam: Xanthosoma, particularly Xanthosoma sagittifolium, or the edible root of that plant; malanga.
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Old cocoyam: Colocasia esculenta; taro.
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Origin of cocoyam

  • coco(a) yam (from its being planted in coconut groves)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • coco +"Ž yam, because old cocoyam was planted in coconut groves and resembled yams. New cocoyam was so named because it resembled old cocoyam.

    From Wiktionary