noun \ˈtär-(ˌ)ō, ˈter-\

: a tropical plant with a thick root that can be boiled and eaten

plural taros

Full Definition of TARO

:  a large-leaved tropical Asian plant (Colocasia esculenta) of the arum family grown throughout the tropics for its edible starchy corms and cormels and in temperate regions for ornament; also :  its corms and cormels typically cooked as a vegetable or ground into flour

Origin of TARO

Tahitian & Maori
First Known Use: 1769

Rhymes with TARO


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Herbaceous plant (Colocasia esculenta) of the arum family, probably native to Southeast Asia and taken to the Pacific islands. It is a staple crop cultivated for its large, starchy, spherical tubers, which, though poisonous raw, become edible with heating. They are consumed as a cooked vegetable or are made into puddings, breads, or Polynesian poi (a thin, pasty, highly digestible mass of fermented taro starch). Poi is a staple food in Hawaii. The large leaves (also poisonous raw) of the taro are commonly eaten stewed.


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