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

  • noun A tropical American vine (Ipomoea batatas) having white or violet funnel-shaped flowers, cultivated for its fleshy tuberous usually orange root.
  • noun The root of this vine, eaten cooked as a vegetable.
  • noun Informal An ocarina.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See sweet potato, under potato.

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

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


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  • 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

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

    February 11, 2008

  • also a name for ocarina

    July 15, 2008

  • There was just one sweet potato.

    He was golden brown and slim.

    The lady loved his dancing,

    The lady loved his dancing,

    The lady loved his dancing,

    She danced all night with him.

    Alas, he wasn't Irish.

    - Vachel Lindsay, 'The Potatoes Dance'.

    November 16, 2008