Definitions

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

  • n. See batata.

Etymologies

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

American Spanish, variant of earlier boniata, perhaps of Antillean origin.

Examples

  • Ms. Bernstein, who is herself of Jewish and Argentine heritage (and married to David Martinez), presides over the local food scene with a diverse and peppy menu that reflects the Miami outside its resort scene, with such dishes as a white gazpacho and a snapper garnished with mashed boniato, a white-fleshed Caribbean cousin of the sweet potato.

    New York Eateries Hit the Beach

  • The udon not only stands up to most Japanese restaurants, but it could be argued it also exceeds them: hidden within the tangle of perfectly-cooked, al dente noodles are plump shrimp, Vietnamese coriander and fish cakes; the sweet chili lime broth is infused with shards of boniato (dried, shaved tuna) and nori that melt into the soup.

    Steve Dolinsky: Is Urban Belly Chicago's Answer to Momofuku?

  • Conaculta's Recetario Afro-Mestizo de Veracruz explains that the word camote is often replaced by buniato, the Africanized version of boniato, and ñame, or nyame, which comes from the Fulani word "to eat."

    Mexican Sweet Potatoes, from Soup to Dessert: Los Camotes

  • A touch of boniato, another prized tuber, makes this puree even better.

    Havana Salsa

  • Peel the malanga and boniato and cut in small pieces, then place in a heavy casserole and cover with ample water.

    Havana Salsa

  • Add the corn, malangas, and boniato and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.

    Havana Salsa

  • We need to plant great expanses of boniato to have this tuber in four or five months.

    Castro Addresses ANPP Closing Ceremony

  • We are saying that we cannot waste a single hour, because we are holding a party for the potatoes, and we will have to get together for a wake for the corn and boniato.

    Castro Speech at 29 Mar Potato Harvest Ceremony

  • That means that it takes the work of 200 or 300 men in one day to plant one caballeria of boniato.

    Castro Speech at 29 Mar Potato Harvest Ceremony

  • We have to plant-and I repeat-corn, boniato, yuca, plantains, malanga, cucumbers, and other crops on a lesser scale.

    Castro Speech at 29 Mar Potato Harvest Ceremony

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