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

Examples of sweet potato in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web French fries, coleslaw, baked beans, jalapeno cheddar grits, sweet potato fries, macaroni salad. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 1 Mar. 2022 Lisa Ostrowski, food services director for North Colonie Central Schools in upstate New York, has struggled this year to source goods from hamburger patties to sweet potato fries. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2021 However, there was a new dish that featured sweet potato fries. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Don't like winter squash, no problem, use a sweet potato. Nick Desimone, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Tater tots, pierogi and onions, cabbage and noodles, mac and cheese, baked or sweet potato. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Mar. 2022 The only vegetarian option listed was shredded Brussels sprouts with an ancho chile-almond-coconut-sweet potato puree. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Maybe the most Korean thing about me, apart from being 100 percent Korean American, is my unbridled adoration for goguma (sweet potato). Justine Lee, Bon Appétit, 12 Mar. 2021 In addition to Goodles (ingredients include broccoli, kale and pumpkin), there are frozen pizza rolls packed with undetectable bits of carrot, spinach, sweet potato and bell pepper. Ella Quittner, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sweet potato

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Sweet potato.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20potato. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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