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

  • n. A tropical American vine (Ipomoea batatas) having rose-violet or pale pink, funnel-shaped flowers, and cultivated for its fleshy tuberous orange root.
  • n. The root of this vine, eaten cooked as a vegetable. Also called regionally yam.
  • n. Informal An ocarina.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tropical perennial American vine, Ipomoea batatas, having a fleshy tuber.
  • n. The tuber of this plant cooked as a vegetable.
  • n. A yam; a tuber from the genus Dioscorea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Potato.
  • n. a climbing plant (Ipomœa Balatas) allied to the morning-glory. Its farinaceous tubers have a sweetish taste, and are used, when cooked, for food. It is probably a native of Brazil, but is cultivated extensively in the warmer parts of every continent, and even as far north as New Jersey. The name potato was applied to this plant before it was to the Solanum tuberosum, and this is the “potato” of the Southern United States.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See sweet potato, under potato.

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

  • n. egg-shaped terra cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holes
  • n. pantropical vine widely cultivated in several varieties for its large sweet tuberous root with orange flesh
  • n. the edible tuberous root of the sweet potato vine which is grown widely in warm regions of the United States


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    - Vachel Lindsay, 'The Potatoes Dance'.

    November 16, 2008

  • also a name for ocarina

    July 15, 2008

  • Truly delicious cooked and served as a 'budin de camote', a mouthwatering Mexican dish.

    February 11, 2008

  • The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), commonly called a yam in parts of the United States (especially in the southern and western portions of the country; this terminology causes some confusion with true yams), is a crop plant whose large, starchy, sweet tasting tuberous roots are an important root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens. The sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum tuberosum). It is even more distantly related to the true yam (Dioscorea species) which is native to Africa and Asia. Thus, a sweet potato and a yam are in fact different foods.


    A term of endearment that I call my grandson.

    February 11, 2008