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

  • noun A perennial aroid plant (Amorphophallus konjac) of East and Southeast Asia having a single large compound leaf, a purple or dark red spathe, and starchy corms.
  • noun The edible corm of this plant or the starch derived from it, sometimes used as a dietary supplement.

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  • noun A plant grown in Asia, Amorphophallus konjac
  • noun Food made from the plant, including a flour and gelatin, used to make noodles and candies, that can be extremely filling.

Etymologies

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

[Ultimately from Japanese konnyaku, from Early Middle Chinese kuə̆’ ɲɨak : kuə̆’, betel leaf (also the source of Mandarin ) + ɲɨak, rush used to make mats (also the source of Mandarin ruò).]

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