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

Examples of sweet potato in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The $50 tamale kit, which makes about 30 tamales, includes two pounds of ready-to-use masa, 40 corn husks and 1 pound each of steak, chicken and sweet potato and cheese fillings, plus a side of salsa. Los Angeles Times, "2020 was the year of the restaurant DIY meal kit. Here are 10 options to ring in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 In a large bowl, mix flour, eggs, sweet potato, peanut butter, cinnamon and bacon (if using). Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Holiday baking with Willa Jean chef Kelly Fields starts with recipes from grandma's kitchen," 8 Dec. 2020 The data, which was based on the likes and mentions of pie flavors over the last month from in-feed and Instagram Story posts, also included seven other flavors: cranberry, cherry, pumpkin, sweet potato, blueberry, strawberry and apple. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "What is Texans' favorite pie?," 25 Nov. 2020 In a large bowl, toss the carrot, parsnip, red potato, sweet potato, and onion with the olive oil and thyme. Kate Krader, Bloomberg.com, "A Star Chef’s Roast Vegetable Tart Solves Many Holiday Problems," 20 Nov. 2020 The $29 clambake menu features a classic combination of chowder, one dozen clams, half chicken, chorizo sausage, corn on the cob and sweet potato. Joey Morona, cleveland, "15 things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 22 Oct. 2020 Nothing feels more Thanksgiving to me than an overly long dining table topped with festive center pieces and my mom’s famous sweet potato casserole. Vogue, "Vogue Editors on the Foods That Mean Home," 26 Nov. 2020 Young children, a burning sweet potato casserole and the television can all pull participants away from the screen. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "A Zoom Thanksgiving Using Techniques From Working Remotely," 24 Nov. 2020 The sisters have already begun cooking their classic holiday dishes, from a savory sweet potato casserole to stuffed mirlitons, and anything else that could travel well and be reheated at home, Maureen Walsh said. Katelyn Umholtz, NOLA.com, "Coronavirus is disrupting the holidays. Here's how Louisianans are adjusting their gatherings.," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sweet potato

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2021

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“Sweet potato.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20potato. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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