sweet potato


Definition of sweet potato

1 : a tropical vine (Ipomoea batatas) of the morning-glory family that is often grown for its edible tuberous root or for its ornamental variously shaped green to purple leaves and usually white to pinkish funnel-shaped flowers with pink to purple centers also : the large thick sweet and nutritious tuberous root of the sweet potato that has beige, yellow, orange, red, or purple flesh and is cooked and eaten as a vegetable — compare yam sense 2
2 : ocarina

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Using an ice cream scoop, spoon some of the sweet potato-black bean mixture into the skillet, pressing each one down to make patties. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Simple no-cook sauces for spring keep time in the kitchen to a minimum | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Mar. 2018 The rack of lamb was tender, if unremarkable in flavor, and perked up wonderfully with an assemblage of delectable sweet potato gnocchi, butternut squash, crunchy lacinato kale and Parmesan. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Despite slow service, The Grill at Harryman House offers plenty of reasons to linger," 8 Mar. 2018 After all, what is Super Bowl Sunday without nachos, a happy hour without cocktails, a summer afternoon without ice cream or Thanksgiving without sweet potato pie? SELF, "PSA: Healthy Eating Should Include Mental and Social Health, Too.," 11 Jan. 2019 Which, according to her Instagram Story, has been an ongoing project for the past day—roasted turkey and fresh cranberries and sweet potato pies. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Your Baking Idol Chrissy Teigen Already Had Her First Thanksgiving Fail," 22 Nov. 2018 An unpredicted wind quickly forced the outdoor affair down the street to a local barn, where a family meal of home-style chicken, sweet potato fries, and burrata salad was served. Cameron Bird, Vogue, "Dior Brings Sauvage to Coachella With an Intimate Dinner," 13 Apr. 2018 Better yet, the dish is so universally beloved that even the province’s best chefs will give their own spin on the classic, switching it up with everything from sweet potatoes to wild mushroom gravy, truffles, and foie gras. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Add another 2 tablespoons coconut and scallions to each sweet potato, top each with another tablespoon of dressing, or more if desired, and serve at once (remaining dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days). Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Vinaigrettes and dressings to dress up meals," 1 June 2018 In keeping with tradition, it's served with large-kernel Peruvian corn and a puck of soft sweet potato. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "First Bite: Rotisserie chicken is star at Peruvian restaurant in Ferndale," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of sweet potato

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sweet potato was in 1750

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English Language Learners Definition of sweet potato

: a large root of a tropical plant that has orange skin and orange flesh, that is eaten as a vegetable, and that tastes sweet

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Kids Definition of sweet potato

: the large sweet edible root of a tropical vine that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable

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