plural -s
: a tropical American plant of the genus Bomarea
especially : one (as B. salsilla or B. edulis) with edible roots that are sometimes boiled and used as a substitute for potatoes

Word History


New Latin salsilla (specific epithet of Bomarea salsilla), from feminine of salsillus salty, from Latin salsus salted, from past participle of sallere to salt

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“Salsilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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