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 The crowd is young, the music is loud, and the food is ideal for ordering en masse. Don’t skip the single dessert on the menu: a raft of fried brioche with taro ice cream and chocolate crunchies on top. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 The soils revealed traces of foods like taro, banana, and sweet potato, according to research published last month in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Real Meaning of the Statues on Easter Island," 16 Dec. 2019 So much fun - and so incredibly delicious with taro ice cream! Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Cloudy with a chance of sprinkles: Orlando celebrates Cotton Candy Day," 6 Dec. 2019 The shop specialized in Asian-style desserts including taro shaved ice and custard pudding. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "These 8 restaurants closed in November around metro Phoenix," 29 Nov. 2019 The options are a bit dizzying, but my daughter ordered the coconut taro milk tea ($5.75) with knowledgeable confidence. Anchorage Daily News, "A patisserie, boba parlor, sandwich shop and chowder house under one roof," 23 Oct. 2019 The siphoning led to the decline in traditional taro farming by Native Hawaiians, a practice that is only now seeing a revival. Noelle Swan, Scientific American, "Hawaii Wants to Lead the Renewable Revolution," 21 Sep. 2019 There’s a giant hot pot made with local Pompano fish, elephant taro, tomato, and okra, and served with vermicelli noodles. Allie Wist, Bon Appétit, "Go to This Karaoke Bar for ABBA Hits and Stellar Vietnamese Food," 14 Nov. 2019 Traditional meatless cuisine in China makes heavy use of ingredients such as tofu, taro, and potato to create dishes such as fake chicken and fake pork, often presented intricately in a way to resemble the original meat dish. Jane Li, Quartz, "From “pork belly” to “beef jerky,” artificial-meat makers target Chinese palates," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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2 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Taro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taro. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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