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kon·jac

 (kŏn′yăk′)
n.
1. A perennial aroid plant (Amorphophallus konjac) of East and Southeast Asia having a single large compound leaf, a purple or dark red spathe, and starchy corms.
2. The edible corm of this plant or the starch derived from it, sometimes used as a dietary supplement. In both senses also called devil's tongue, konnyaku.

[Ultimately from Japanese konnyaku, from Early Middle Chinese kuə̆' ŋı̷ak : kuə̆', betel leaf (also the source of Mandarin ) + ŋı̷ak, rush used to make mats (also the source of Mandarin ruò).]
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Glucomannan is a dietary fiber derived from tubers of the Amorphophallus konjac plant.
Glucomannan is a polysaccharide with high molecular weight, is extracted from tuber of Amorphophallus konjac, a plant used in Japanese cuisine as an agent gelatificator.
Transgenic Amorphophallus konjac expressing synthesized acyl-homoserine lactonase (aiiA) gene exhibit enhanced resistance to soft rot disease.
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