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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A perennial plant (Oxalis tuberosa) of the high Andes, grown for its edible tubers.
  • n. The tubers of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Peruvian name for certain species of Oxalis (O. crenata, and O. tuberosa) which bear edible tubers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Peruvian name for certain species of Oxalis (Oxalis crenata, and Oxalis tuberosa) which bear edible tubers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of two plants of the genus Oxalis, O. crenata and O. tuberosa, found in western South America.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. South American wood sorrel cultivated for its edible tubers

Etymologies

Spanish, possibly from Quechua oqa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Better known as New Zealand yam in Australia although now grown here.

    June 3, 2012