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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Some hipsters scroll through their flashy gadgets while waiting in a 45-minute line for the addictive herbal jelly and taro balls at Meet Fresh, a Taiwanese dessert chain.
In their village, Taumoepenu’s grandfather grew taro, watermelons and pineapples, among other items.
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Origin and Etymology of taro
Tahitian & Maori
First Known Use: 1769
TARO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of taro for English Language Learners
: a tropical plant with a thick root that can be boiled and eaten
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