\ ˈyamp \
variants: or yampa or less commonly yampah \ -​mpə \
plural -s

Definition of yamp

: either of two western North American plants of the genus Carum (C. gairdneri and C. kelloggii) with fleshy edible roots

called also squawroot

— see indian potato — compare caraway

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History and Etymology for yamp

of Shoshonean origin; akin to Shoshoni yampa yamp, Ute yampä

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“Yamp.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yamp. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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