Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, of the natural order Araceæ, natives of the East Indies, with acrid leaves and tubers, the latter containing much starchy matter. C. antiquorum. (C. esculentum) and its several varieties have long been cultivated for use as food, and are found throughout the tropics, being the well-known taro (kalo) of the Pacific islands, the yu-tao of China, the sato imo of Japan, and the oto of Central America. In the Sandwich islands the leaves are roasted and eaten in the same manner as the tubers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a small genus of perennial tuberous herbs of the arum family, of tropical Asia and the Pacific islands, including the taro (Colocasia esculente).
- n. small genus of perennial tuberous herbs of tropical Asia: taro
“This Colocasia is supposed to bear, unlike the palm, male and female flowers in one spathe.”
“My parents had enormous Colocasia plants all over their back yard, which gave our experience somewhat of a Dr. Seuss-like tinge.”
“Behold the (trumpets blowing) Colocasia ‘Diamond Head’”
“Aluchi Wadi(Colocasia leaves rolled in chick pea flour, steamed and then stir fried), Sabudana Wada, Batata Wada and others like Steamed Hirva Watana Ani Kajuche Modak, Mushroom Modak(with cheese again?)”
“Last Saturday, as I was doing my weekly vegetable shopping in the market, I spotted the Colocasia leaves.”
“Taro and Dasheen Taro and dasheen are two of many names for tubers of a water-loving plant native to eastern Asia and the Pacific islands, Colocasia esculenta, which is in the arum family as are calla lilies and philodendrons.”
“(Colocasia esculenta — the taro of the South Seas,) and plantains.”
“Colocasia esculenta, Occras (Hibiscus esculentus), squashes”
“Also referred to as "yam" in Kenya is Colocasia esculenta”
“Fig. 6.21: Cocoyam is of two varieties - the Xanthosoma or Macabo and the Colocasia or”
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