taro

noun
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

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Only four years ago, Native Hawaiian volunteers were still clearing thick brush from the 600-year-old rock walls, home sites and taro patches, hidden since the mid-1800s. Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: In search of ancient Kauai," 8 Feb. 2018 Kauai roads and taro patches flooded Tuesday as leftover moisture from Tropical Depression Lane dumped heavy rain on the island. Fox News, "1 death from Hawaii storm Lane reported on Kauai," 30 Aug. 2018 The taro puffs filled with goose liver at Dynasty, a fancy place your upstanding grandparents might take you for Sunday lunch, were like a dim sum dish reimagined at Le Cordon Bleu. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 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

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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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