yam
noun Etymology: earlier iname, from Portuguese inhame & Spanish ñame, of African origin; akin to Fulani nyami to eat Date: 1657 1. the edible starchy tuberous root of various plants (genus Dioscorea of the family Dioscoreaceae) used as a staple food in tropical areas; also a plant producing yams 2. a moist-fleshed and usually orange-fleshed sweet potato

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  • yam — (n.) 1580s, from Port. inhame or Sp. igname, from a West African language (Cf. Fulani nyami to eat; Twi anyinam species of yam ); the word in American and Jamaican English probably is directly from West African sources …   Etymology dictionary

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  • yam — [jæm] n [Date: 1500 1600; : Portuguese; Origin: inhame and Spanish ñame, from a West African language] 1.) a tropical climbing plant grown for its root, which is eaten as a vegetable 2.) AmE a type of ↑sweet potato …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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