Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of several plants of the genus Bomarea, yielding edible tubers. B. edulis is cultivated in the West Indies, its root being eaten like the potato; it is diaphoretic and diuretic. Other species, as B. Salsilla, are natives of the Peruvian Andes, and are pretty twining plants with showy flowers.
- n. tropical vine having umbels of small purple flowers and edible roots sometimes boiled as a potato substitute; Colombia.
- n. tropical vine having pink-and-yellow flowers spotted purple and edible roots sometimes boiled as a potato substitute; West Indies to northern South America
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