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 Go for the tortilla crusted crab cake accompanied by a fresh jicama and roasted chile slaw for your opener. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 13 Sep. 2021 To peel the jicama, use a paring knife to cut into chunks and peel each piece (the skin can be difficult to remove with a vegetable peeler). BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2021 Add the jicama, onion, tomato, cilantro, avocado, jalapeño and ketchup to the bowl with the shrimp and toss to coat. Star Tribune, 14 July 2021 Or slice the jicama on a mandolin into chips for dipping. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, 23 Sep. 2020 Like potatoes, jicama can be harvested at any time during root development. Dallas News, 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, 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, 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, 22 Jan. 2020 See More

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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 8 Aug. 2022.

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