di·​os·​co·​rea | \ ˌdīəˈskōrēə \

Definition of dioscorea

1 capitalized : a genus of mostly tropical twining herbs (family Dioscoreaceae) including the yams and having net-veined leaves and small dioecious flowers
2 plural -s : the dried rhizome of a wild yam (Dioscorea paniculata) formerly used in hepatic disorders and rheumatism

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History and Etymology for dioscorea

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

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“Dioscorea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dioscorea. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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