taro

noun
ta·ro | \ ˈtär-(ˌ)ō , ˈter- \
plural taros

Definition of taro 

: a large-leaved tropical Asian plant (Colocasia esculenta) of the arum family grown throughout the tropics for its edible starchy corms and cormels and in temperate regions for ornament also : its corms and cormels typically cooked as a vegetable or ground into flour

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Visitors can still gaze across Hanalei valley for a postcard-picture view of taro patches fronting verdant mountains. Washington Post, "Kauai wants tourists to help island overcome flood damage," 28 Apr. 2018 Most Kanaks subsistence-farm yams, taros, sweet potatoes and bananas. A. Odysseus Patrick, Washington Post, "A bit of France in the South Pacific votes this year on independence," 1 June 2018 For a fun thrill, take a walk across Hanapepe’s precarious Swinging Bridge, then chow down on some of the best taro chips around from the town’s Taro Ko Chips Factory to ease your adrenaline rush. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 The small plates restaurant serves an always-changing menu featuring seasonal ingredients under global influence—everything from charred octopus with taro chips to Oaxacan hibiscus empanadas. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Why Milwaukee, Wisconsin Is the Midwest’s Coolest (and Most Underrated) City," 10 July 2018 Dumpling Time fills bright-pink beet buns with taro puree and crafts a soup dumpling the size of a pomelo. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Instagram making our dim sum better?," 3 May 2018 In northern China, zongzi are typically sweet, filled with a red bean paste or taro. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Here's What to Know About Asia's Annual Dragon Boat Festival," 18 June 2018 Service at dinner was less harried and friendlier than at dim-sum hours, and our server offered us a special dessert, a warm taro and tapioca soup, milky and not overly sweet. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Seafood is a real strength at this new dim-sum spot in Sacramento's central city | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 Pre-show activities include grinding taro root (the chief ingredient in poi), making bracelets from fresh flowers, and getting temporary tattoos. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney’s Hawiian resort Aulani offers a melting pot of dining options," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of taro

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taro

Tahitian & Maori

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taro

noun

English Language Learners Definition of taro

: a tropical plant with a thick root that can be boiled and eaten

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