noun di·os·co·rea \ˌdīəˈskōrēə\

Definition of dioscorea

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of mostly tropical twining herbs (family Dioscoreaceae) including the yams and having net-veined leaves and small dioecious flowers

  2. 2 plural -s :  the dried rhizome of a wild yam (Dioscorea paniculata) formerly used in hepatic disorders and rheumatism

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Origin and Etymology of dioscorea

New Latin, irregular from Pedanius Dioscorides, 1st century a.d. Greek physician

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