\ ˈyam How to pronounce yam (audio) \

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

Examples of yam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The stews are served with rice except for egusi, which is served with fufu, or pounded yam. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 Located in a Salt Lake City area strip mall, this market sells ingredients for favorite African and Caribbean meals, from fresh yam tubers and bitter leaves to dehydrated cod and smoked shrimp. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 At the East Bay’s new Cafe 86, nearly everything is flavored with ube, the Filipino purple yam. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Jan. 2022 Southern growers adopted the word yam to distinguish their crop from the paler Northern variety. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Nov. 2021 Cousins Travis and Ryan Croxton of the Rappahannock Oyster Co. make this feisty yam dish a regular part of their Thanksgiving feast. Travis And Ryan Croxton, Country Living, 12 Oct. 2021 Calbee’s first product was caramel, made from mixed grains and Japanese yam starch. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2021 Cabbage palm, wild yam and varieties of ferns can also be spotted. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Aug. 2021 Some of the crowd favorites include creole muffins, beef medallions with yam, and plantain tostones. Karthika Gupta, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 July 2021 See More

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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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21 Apr 2022

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“Yam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yam. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ ˈyam How to pronounce yam (audio) \

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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