yam

noun
\ 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

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The chips, made from the Japanese mountain yam, were never crunchy and always needed more salt. New York Times, "Japanese Seafood Without the Painful Price Tag, at Wokuni," 22 May 2018 And at the Polynesian in Manhattan, a dash of ube extract made from purple yams lends a violet hue to a variation called the Commodore. Kara Newman, WSJ, "Shake Up the Daiquiri for Fall," 27 Sep. 2018 In pill form, wild yam has been used to treat gastrointestinal issues. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Some Scientists Say These Aphrodisiacs for Women Could Actually Boost Your Libido," 6 Aug. 2015 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

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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

noun

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

noun
\ 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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