variants or less commonly topinambou
or tobinambur
plural -s
: jerusalem artichoke

Word History


topinambour, from French, from Portuguese tupinambor, alteration of tupinamba, short for batata tupinamba, from batata potato (from Taino) + Tapinambá Tupinamba; topinambou from obsolete French, from Portuguese tupinambo, tupinamba; tobinambur modification of American Spanish topinámbur, from Portuguese tupinambor

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“Topinambour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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