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 color might not be as dark as ube, but can take on a purple hue when boiled (like in this taro bubble tea). Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 The Colocasia esculenta is the taro, an important food plant around the globe that is harvested mostly for its tuber-like corm, though the leaves and stalks are also eaten. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Archeologists at the Bishop Museum found that the entire area was once under taro cultivation, as well as other traditional Hawaiian plants. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2021 One of my favorite menu items is the Coconut Taro Smoothie, which features a rich blend of real taro and thick coconut milk. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2021 Kako‘o Oiwi is a farm that has been working to restore hundreds of acres of wetlands to their native state by cultivating taro, a root vegetable and once a staple in Hawaii, in abundant, terraced patches. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2021 This version from Brigid Washington subs collards and spinach for harder to find taro leaves. Brigid Washington, Bon Appétit, 8 Mar. 2021 Hawaiians ate only native taro root until the 1880s. The Salt Lake Tribune, 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, 30 Dec. 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 May 2021

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“Taro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taro. Accessed 16 Jun. 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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