- a tropical, trailing plant (Ipomoea batatas) of the morning-glory family, with purplish flowers and a fleshy, brownish, tuberlike root used as a vegetable
- its root
- Informal ocarina
sweet potatosweet potato
- a. A tropical American vine (Ipomoea batatas) having white or violet funnel-shaped flowers, cultivated for its fleshy tuberous usually orange root.b. The root of this vine, eaten cooked as a vegetable. Also called yam .
- Informal An ocarina.
(plural sweet potatoes)
Careful use distinguishes yams (genus Dioscorea) from sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas), while casual American use conflates these.