Definition of yam
1 : the edible starchy tuberous root of various plants (genus Dioscorea of the family Dioscoreaceae) used as a staple food in tropical areas; also : a plant producing yams
2 : a moist usually orange-fleshed sweet potato
Recent Examples of yam from the Web
The ice cream's vibrant purple color comes from the yam only; no food coloring added, Espiritu says.
Smith urges him to try her crowd-pleasing macaroni and cheese, candied yams and collard greens, too.
A kaleidoscope of packages, jars and produce from nearly every continent is jammed in — side by side are purple yams from Laos, green plantains from Ecuador, mahogany-brown cassava from Nigeria, tan egg roll wrappers from Vietnam.
Go for the Soul #1 Plate and hope that the kitchen isn't out of anything it's supposed to contain: two ribs, a quarter chicken, yams, rice, warm cornbread and greens stewed to near-liquid form.
Facing the center of the market is The Pantry, a cooking school and artisan grocery where Olympia chef Kevin Gerlich showcases his homemade pates, black bean, yam and quinoa tamales, and herbed gnocchi.
Its Royal Ube gelato gets its deep purple color not from fruit but from purple yams.
Vegetables: Calabaza, chayote, cherry tomato, collards, dasheen, lima bean, snap bean, Malabar spinach, malanga, New Zealand spinach, okra, hot pepper, roselle, Seminole pumpkin, Southern pea, sweet potato, tamarillo, yam and yard-long bean. 4.
Other hand rolls, including shrimp, cucumber and mountain yam (yamaimo), are also available, as are a couple of sashimi.
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Origin and Etymology of yam
earlier iname, from Portuguese inhame & Spanish ñame, of African origin; akin to Fulani nyami to eat
First Known Use: 1657See Words from the same year
YAM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of yam for English Language Learners
: a long, thick root of a tropical plant that has rough brown skin and usually white or yellow flesh and that is eaten as a vegetable
YAM Defined for Kids
Definition of yam for Students
1 : the starchy thick underground tuber of a climbing plant that is an important food in many tropical regions
2 : a sweet potato with a moist and usually orange flesh
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