ta·​ro | \ ˈtär-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce taro (audio) , 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

Examples of taro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hawaiians ate only native taro root until the 1880s. The Salt Lake Tribune, "A new wave of Hawaiian restaurants has hit Utah. Here are reasons for the growing tide.," 15 Jan. 2021 The menu will expand in the future to include items such as a proper pu pu platter, but for now there’s edamame dip with taro chips, sweet Spam stir fry, and smoky kalua pork sliders on King’s Hawaiian rolls. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "New Dallas tiki restaurant Swizzle offers escapism as well as an education on island cultures," 30 Dec. 2020 There is also a raw bar serving oysters and stone crabs for market price as well as a corvina ceviche with fresh cut yucca and taro chips for $14. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Remember Jimbo’s Sandbar in Hollywood? Now it’s Tiki Tiki.," 30 Oct. 2020 Farmers have cultivated satoimo, a Japanese taro (similar to a potato), for at least 2,000 years. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "A Crop of Kitchen Gardens From Chefs Around the Globe," 14 Sep. 2020 These sturdy bags are great for growing potatoes, carrots, ginger, taro, onions, and radishes—basically any plant that would require you to dig deep into soil to extract them. Popular Science, "Patio planters for a beautiful urban garden," 25 June 2020 Over time, the House became a pioneer in this category by offering diners anything from warm wasabi noodles with flat-iron steak to halibut topped with sushi and bits of taro, and even St. Louis-style barbecue ribs over a slaw. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "The House to close after 26 years in North Beach," 9 July 2020 The Boba Bar Experience kit makes 12 customizable drinks, and flavors include classic milk tea, taro milk tea and brown sugar milk tea. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "2 Arizona businesses teamed up to create an at-home boba tea kit. Here's how to order one," 3 June 2020 These early settlers brought along their favorite foods like sweet potatoes and taro—but also the kiore, or Polynesian rat. Mara Johnson-groh, Popular Science, "New Zealand’s bold rat-control campaign sees its first wave of successes," 26 May 2020

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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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28 Jan 2021

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“Taro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taro. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of taro

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

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