from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous chiefly tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea, many of which have edible tuberous roots.
- n. The starchy root of any of these plants, used in the tropics as food.
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See sweet potato. See Regional Note at goober.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any climbing vine of the genus Dioscorea in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, usually cultivated
- n. The edible, starchy, tuberous root of that plant, a tropical staple food.
- n. A sweet potato; a tuber from the genus Ipomoea.
- n. Potato.
- n. home.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large, esculent, farinaceous tuber of various climbing plants of the genus Dioscorea; also, the plants themselves. Mostly natives of warm climates. The plants have netted-veined, petioled leaves, and pods with three broad wings. The commonest species is Dioscorea sativa, but several others are cultivated.
- n. Any one of several cultural varieties of the sweet potato.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tuberous root of a plant of the genus Dioscorea, particularly if belonging to one of numerous species cultivated for their esculent roots; also, such a plant itself.
- n. By transference, a variety of the sweet-potato.
- n. Any plant of the order Dioscoreaceæ.
- n. See Rajania.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of a number of tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea many having edible tuberous roots
- n. sweet potato with deep orange flesh that remains moist when baked
- n. edible tuberous root of various yam plants of the genus Dioscorea grown in the tropics world-wide for food
- n. edible tuber of any of several yams
Portuguese inhame or obsolete Spanish igname, iñame, both from Portuguese and English Creole nyam, to eat, of West African origin; Wolof ñam, food, to eat, or Bambara ñambu, manioc.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese inhame and Spanish ñame, possibly from the Fula nyami ("to eat"). The term was coined in 1657. (Wiktionary)