from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A small genus of tropical vines having tuberous roots.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of leguminous plants of the tribe Phaseoleæ and the subtribe Euphaseoleæ, characterized by the round stigma upon the flattened apex of the thick style.
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- n. small genus of tropical vines having tuberous roots
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Jicama Jicama is the swollen storage root of Pachyrhizus erosus, a South American member of the bean family.
Root crops include: achira (Canna edulis), containing a starch with unusually large grains; ahipa (Pachyrhizus ahipa), a legume whose sweet roots remain crunchy even after cooking; arracacha (Arracacia xanthorrhiza, pictured), carrot-like roots that can be boiled as a table vegetable; maca
The thick tuberous roots of a climbing species of bean (_Pachyrhizus angulatus_, or _Dolichos bulbosus_) are cultivated and eaten in some parts of the Polynesian islands.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
_Síncamas_ is the _Decandria -- Pachyrhizus angulatus_ (_vide_ p. 321), whereas
(_Decandria -- Pachyrhizus angulatus_), resembling a small turnip.
The genus name, Pachyrhizus is derived from the Greek and means "thick root."
Jicama (Pachyrhizus erosus, P. tuberosus), pronounced HEE-ka-ma, is native to Central America, where it is also known as Yam Bean or Mexican Turnip.
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