Chinese yam
Yam Yam (y[a^]m), n. [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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) Any one of several cultural varieties of the sweet potato. [U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Chinese yam — batatinė dioskorėja statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Dioskorėjinių šeimos daržovinis, dekoratyvinis, krakmolinis, maistinis, vaistinis augalas (Dioscorea polystachya), paplitęs rytų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Dioscorea batatas; Dioscorea… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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  • Chinese yam — noun hardy Chinese vine naturalized in United States and cultivated as an ornamental climber for its glossy heart shaped cinnamon scented leaves and in the tropics for its edible tubers • Syn: ↑cinnamon vine, ↑Dioscorea batata • Hypernyms: ↑yam,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Yam (vegetable) — Yam is the common name for some species in the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreaceae).These are perennial herbaceous vines cultivated for the consumption of their starchy tubers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania. There are hundreds of… …   Wikipedia

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  • Chinese-potato — batatinė dioskorėja statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Dioskorėjinių šeimos daržovinis, dekoratyvinis, krakmolinis, maistinis, vaistinis augalas (Dioscorea polystachya), paplitęs rytų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Dioscorea batatas; Dioscorea… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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