yam

noun
\ ˈyam \

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

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Last September, the partners flew to London to speak about yams at the Serpentine Galleries as part of its Radical Kitchen series. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Ghetto Gastro Opens Labyrinth 1.1, Their New HQ in the Bronx," 7 Jan. 2019 The Nagasus renamed one of their signature rolls, oozing with baked salmon and mountain yam, the Mirai roll. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "Olympic skater Mirai Nagasu was a familiar figure at her parents' Arcadia restaurant when she was growing up," 20 Feb. 2018 Therefore, the orange sweet potatoes are often mislabeled as yams in stores. Caroline Walder, Good Housekeeping, "Sweet Potatoes Are Officially One of the Best Carbs You Can Eat," 5 Mar. 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 At the center of The Can of Anido is Maran (Xie Jia-hui), an old aboriginal farmer who spends his days silently cultivating his ailing crops and feeding himself with pintsized yam in his barren, rickety hut. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ten Years Taiwan': Film Review," 13 July 2018 Russian words for money (den’gi), treasury (kazna) and customs (tamozhnia) are all of Mongol-Turkic origin, and the Mongols’ system of yam postal relay networks became the backbone of the Russian empire. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Russia’s Turn to Its Asian Past," 6 July 2018 In the Philippines, street vendors peddle keso, a cheddar cheese and sweet cream ice cream, and ube, a purple yam that’s a cornerstone flavor in Filipino desserts. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 Velu awoke at dawn, ate rice and yam curry for breakfast, and practiced long jumps, military crawls, squats, rope-walking, and running. Longreads, "A Chance to Rewrite History: The Women Fighters of the Tamil Tigers," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of yam

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yam

earlier iname, from Portuguese inhame & Spanish ñame, of African origin; akin to Fulani nyami to eat

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yam

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English Language Learners Definition of yam

: 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

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\ ˈyam \

Kids Definition of yam

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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