Yam meaning

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Any of various other similar plants, as the barbasco.
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A moist, orange-colored variety of sweet potato.
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Designating a family (Dioscoreaceae, order Liliales), of climbing, chiefly tropical monocotyledonous plants, including the barbasco.
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(botany) Any climbing vine of the genus Dioscorea in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, usually cultivated.
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The edible, starchy, tuberous root of that plant, a tropical staple food.
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(US) A sweet potato; a tuber from the species Ipomoea batatas.
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(Scotland) Potato.
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(West Cumbria) Home.
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Origin of yam

  • Portuguese inhame or obsolete Spanish igname, iñame both from Portuguese and English Creole nyam to eat of West African origin Wolof ñam food, to eat or Bambara ñambu manioc

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

  • From Portuguese inhame and Spanish ñame, possibly from the Fula nyami (“to eat"). The term was coined in 1657.

    From Wiktionary