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Webster 1913 Edition


Yam

Yam

(yăm)
,
Noun.
[Pg.
inhame
, probably from some native name.]
1.
(Bot.)
A large, esculent, farinaceous tuber of various climbing plants of the genus
Dioscorea
; also, the plants themselves. Mostly natives of warm climates. The plants have netted-veined, petioled leaves, and pods with three broad wings. The commonest species is
Dioscorea sativa
, but several others are cultivated.
Chinese yam
,
a plant (
Dioscorea Batatas
) with a long and slender tuber, hardier than most of the other species.
Wild yam
.
(a)
A common plant (
Dioscorea villosa
) of the Eastern United States, having a hard and knotty rootstock.
(b)
An orchidaceous plant (
Gastrodia sesamoides
) of Australia and Tasmania.

Webster 1828 Edition


Yam

YAM

,
Noun.
A large esculent root growing in tropical climates.

Definition 2023


yam

yam

See also: yàm, yâm, yaṃ, yɑm, y am, and þ.á.m

English

Yams.

Noun

yam (plural yams)

  1. Any climbing vine of the genus Dioscorea in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, usually cultivated.
  2. The edible, starchy, tuberous root of that plant, a tropical staple food.
  3. (US) A sweet potato; a tuber from the species Ipomoea batatas.
  4. (Scotland) Potato.
  5. (New Zealand) A oca; a tuber from the species Oxalis tuberosa.
Usage notes

Careful use distinguishes yams (genus Dioscorea) from sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas), while casual American use conflates these.

Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

Noun

yam (plural yams)

  1. (regional, Cumberland) home

Anagrams


Buwal

Noun

yam

  1. water

References


Cuvok

Noun

yam

  1. water

References


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /jɑm/

Noun

yam m (plural yams or yammen, diminutive yammetje n)

  1. yam, a tropical vine
  2. its edible root

Synonyms


Merey

Noun

yam

  1. water

References

  • Richard Gravina (compiler); Alan Boydell, Elie Doumok (facilitators), Merey lexicon (2003, SIL)

Mofu-Gudur

Noun

yam

  1. water

References


North Giziga

Noun

yam

  1. water

References

  • Etudes berbères et chamito-sémitiques: mélanges offerts à Karl-G. Prasse (2000, ISBN 9042908262), page 38

South Giziga

Noun

yam

  1. water

References

  • Etudes berbères et chamito-sémitiques: mélanges offerts à Karl-G. Prasse (2000, ISBN 9042908262), page 38

Zulgo-Gemzek

Noun

yam

  1. water

References