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 Delivered to my room was an extraordinary burger topped with bacon jam and the bar menu’s take on chips and dip—crème fraîche and trout roe with taro chips. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 19 May 2022 For example, the seed library soon will add taro seeds, at the request of the Pacific Islander community. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 In Samoa, crewmembers traveled to the grave of Robert Louis Stevenson and collected specimens, and the captain spent time in a village with new and old friends from previous visits, enjoying roast pig, taro, breadfruit and fresh pineapple. Kimberly Bowker, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 There is also taro, so there are many different variations. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Dec. 2021 Jars of tapioca pudding come in flavors like black sesame, taro and peach. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Nov. 2021 Island staples such as taro and cassava are now imported, and rising seas have contaminated fresh groundwater supplies, making Tuvalu directly reliant on rainwater. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 Mogomogo — mashed taro or plantains fortified with lashings of pork lard — tasted of the Caribbean. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 28 Oct. 2021 The milky taro, filled with chunks of the pale purple root and tiny sago pearls, is a standout. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Taro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taro. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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