Jicama definition

hēkə-mə, hĭkə-
A crisp, sweet turnip-shaped root vegetable (Pachyrhizus erosus) used raw in salads or cooked in stews.
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The large, white, fleshy root of a Mexican vine, eaten raw or cooked.
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The edible root of the yam bean, Pachyrhizus erosus, used in salads in Central America.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jicama
Plural:
jicamas

Origin of jicama

  • American Spanish jícama from Nahuatl xīcamatl

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

  • From Mexican Spanish jícama, from Nahuatl xicama.

    From Wiktionary