Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A variety of taro having large yellowish tubers.
  • noun The tuber of this plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A tropical aroid (of the genus Caladium, syn. Colocasia) having an edible farinaceous root. It is related to the taro and to the tanier, but is much superior to it in quality and is as easily cooked as the potato. It is a staple food plant of the tropics, being prepared like potatoes, and has been introduced into the Southern United States.
  • noun a herb of the Pacific islands grown throughout the tropics for its edible root and in temperate areas as an ornamental for its large glossy leaves.
  • noun the edible starchy tuberous root of taro plants.
  • noun a tropical starchy tuberous root.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Old cocoyam; the edible starchy yellow tuber of the taro plant.

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

  • noun herb of the Pacific islands grown throughout the tropics for its edible root and in temperate areas as an ornamental for its large glossy leaves
  • noun edible starchy tuberous root of taro plants
  • noun tropical starchy tuberous root

Etymologies

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

[Antillean English Creole, from Antillean French Creole (Martinique) dachine, from French (chou) de Chine, literally, (cabbage) from China (from the fact that the taro species Colocasia esculenta originates in Asia).]

Examples

  • The next vegetable is a rather exotic one for me: Taro root, also known as dasheen.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Her brother, sister and countless cousins and well-wishers showed up to show support and eat the cooked goat and chicken w/ rice and peas rice & gungo peas, dasheen and plantain.

    So Many Goats & No Sheep

  • The joke is that when the anti-doping people test Bolt all they will find is yam, dasheen, cassava and dumplings.

    Olympic Fever

  • Exports—commodities: bananas 39%, eddoes and dasheen (taro), arrowroot starch; tennis racquets

    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Malanga is a tuber also known as yautía, taro, or dasheen.

    Havana Salsa

  • Malanga is a tuber also known as yautía, taro, or dasheen.

    Havana Salsa

  • Malanga is a tuber also known as yautía, taro, or dasheen.

    Havana Salsa

  • Taro and Dasheen Taro and dasheen are two of many names for tubers of a water-loving plant native to eastern Asia and the Pacific islands, Colocasia esculenta, which is in the arum family as are calla lilies and philodendrons.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Taro and Dasheen Taro and dasheen are two of many names for tubers of a water-loving plant native to eastern Asia and the Pacific islands, Colocasia esculenta, which is in the arum family as are calla lilies and philodendrons.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Most upland varieties (dasheen and eddoe) mature quicker than the paddy-grown taro, in 180 - 120 days versus 240 - 300 days.

    Chapter 9

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