from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A crisp, sweet turnip-shaped root vegetable (Pachyrhizus erosus) used raw in salads and as crudités or cooked in stews. Also called Mexican turnip, yam bean.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The edible root of the yam bean, Pachyrhizus erosus, used in salads in Central America.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Mexico, a name applied to several edible roots, especially to that of the yam-bean, Cacara erosa, a leguminous plant with a sweetish, turnip-like root, which may be eaten either raw or cooked. This plant is now widely spread throughout the tropics.
American Spanish jícama, from Nahuatl xīcamatl.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mexican Spanish jícama, from Nahuatl xicama. (Wiktionary)