jicama

noun
ji·​ca·​ma | \ ˈhē-kə-mə How to pronounce jicama (audio) \

Definition of jicama

: an edible starchy tuberous root of a tropical American vine (Pachyrhizus erosus) of the legume family that is eaten raw or cooked

Examples of jicama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like potatoes, jicama can be harvested at any time during root development. Dallas News, "Okra, cucumbers, beans, squash and more: These heat-loving seeds are ready to be planted," 30 Apr. 2020 Dress your raw vegetables Slice crunchy vegetables like Persian cucumbers, jicama, radishes, and carrots into finger-friendly spears, then toss them with plenty of citrus juice and a hint of salt. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Snack Plates Are the Low-Key Dinner Strategy We Need Right Now," 24 Apr. 2020 The best crops to try by planting seeds include black-eyed peas, bush beans, peppers, okra, squash, jicama, oregano and radishes. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Stuck at home? Now’s the perfect time to create a garden," 25 Mar. 2020 Instead, the pleasing filling (ground shrimp, chicken, jicama, carrots and more) is served in a soft white crepe made tender with cake flour. Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite place to eat right now," 22 Jan. 2020 The Asian pear could be the love child between a pear and jicama with some melon thrown in. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "Pears are the unheralded stars of the fall fruit bounty. Here’s how to choose and use them.," 26 Oct. 2019 The Asian pear could be the love child between a pear and jicama with some melon thrown in. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "Pears are the unheralded stars of the fall fruit bounty. Here’s how to choose and use them.," 26 Oct. 2019 The Asian pear could be the love child between a pear and jicama with some melon thrown in. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "Pears are the unheralded stars of the fall fruit bounty. Here’s how to choose and use them.," 26 Oct. 2019 There are sides that also serve 8-10 people and cost $32 each, such as Brussels sprouts, lemongrass roasted carrot, brown rice and quinoa, mashed potatoes, challah stuffing, broccoli rabe and jicama slaw. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Looking for a Christmas Eve and/or Day restaurant? Look no further.," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of jicama

1602, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jicama

Mexican Spanish jícama, from Nahuatl xīcamatl

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“Jicama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jicama. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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