sweet potato

noun

Definition of sweet potato

  1. 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 2

  2. 2 :  ocarina

First Known Use of sweet potato

1750


SWEET POTATO Defined for English Language Learners

sweet potato

noun

Definition of sweet potato for English Language Learners

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


SWEET POTATO Defined for Kids

sweet potato

noun

Definition of sweet potato for Students

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



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