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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Stars who lingered for photographers on the red carpet missed out on sweet potato vichyssoise. Beth Harris And Lynn Elber, The Seattle Times, "Off-camera at the Globes with Roberts, Ali, Theron," 7 Jan. 2019 Maya Fernandez, who works at the law firm nearby, had brought her lunch to work but came by for a side of sweet potato fries and a smoothie. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "From prison to pioneer: a chef's dream to transform one Chicago corner," 9 July 2018 The Leeland House menu runs from sweet potato hash to salmon sliders while Around the Corner is more bar-food oriented, with such items as chicken relleno empanadas. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Let’s Go, EaDo: What to check out on Houston’s changing east side," 14 June 2018 Lunch and dinner are protein with vegetables, rice or a sweet potato. Michelle C. Brooks, ajc, "Rookmin Maharaj, 44, of Cumming lost 24 pounds," 5 June 2018 Conscientious eaters often delight in salad offerings that include meat and non-meat variations and a stuffed sweet potato. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Gerry Frank's picks: It's always time for barbecue," 12 May 2018 Sliced sweet potatoes work particularly well as a pairing. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 On Sundays, Cai walks through fields of cabbage and sweet potato to attend Zhuang’s service. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "A Catholic bishop and his rural Chinese parish worry about a deal between Beijing and the Vatican," 11 Mar. 2018 Simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until sweet potato is tender. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Soups for a cause fight the winter doldrums," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sweet potato

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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