sweet potato

noun

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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Microwaved sweet potatoes in less than four minutes? Miranda Siwak, Good Housekeeping, "What Cher Actually Eats in a Day to Stay So Unbelievably Fit," 22 Oct. 2018 More than 100 guests feasted on lobster bisque, lamb with tomato fondue, green beans and sweet potato casserole, salad and dessert served in the State Dining Room. Washington Post, "Trump hosting glitzy White House state dinner for Macron," 24 Apr. 2018 More than 100 guests feasted on lobster bisque, lamb with tomato fondue, green beans and sweet potato casserole, salad and dessert served in the State Dining Room. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, "Vive la France: President Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner," 22 Apr. 2018 More than 100 guests feasted on lobster bisque, lamb with tomato fondue, green beans and sweet potato casserole, salad and dessert served in the State Dining Room. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner," 21 Apr. 2018 The Big Bib went from Texas barbecue to a Southern lunch at the drop of a side: sweet potato casserole. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: The Big Bib BBQ," 19 Jan. 2018 There will be leftover butter; spread it on bread, or stir it into mashed sweet potatoes. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018 For a quick bite: King Bao: Chow down on some creative bo stuffed with everything from sweet potato to crab cakes at 710 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando (407-237-0013). Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Where to eat during the Orlando Fringe Festival," 16 May 2018 There will be leftover butter; spread it on bread, or stir it into mashed sweet potatoes. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of sweet potato

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sweet potato

noun

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

sweet potato

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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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