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yam

 (yăm)
n.
1.
a. Any of numerous chiefly tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea, many of which have edible tuberous roots.
b. The starchy root of any of these plants, used in the tropics as food.

[Portuguese inhame or obsolete Spanish igname, iñame, both from Portuguese and English Creole nyam, to eat, of West African origin; Wolof ñam, food, to eat, or Bambara ñambu, manioc.]

yam

(jæm)
n
1. (Plants) any of various twining plants of the genus Dioscorea, of tropical and subtropical regions, cultivated for their edible tubers: family Dioscoreaceae
2. (Cookery) the starchy tuber of any of these plants, which is eaten as a vegetable
3. (Plants) Southern US any of certain large varieties of sweet potato
4. (Cookery) Southern US any of certain large varieties of sweet potato
5. (Plants) a former Scot name for the (common) potato
[C17: from Portuguese inhame, ultimately of West African origin; compare Senegal nyami to eat]

yam

(yæm)

n.
1. the starchy, tuberous root of any of various African climbing vines of the genus Dioscorea, family Dioscoreaceae, cultivated for food in warm regions: resembling but botanically unrelated to the sweet potato.
2. any of these plants.
3. the sweet potato.
[1580–90; compare Gullah nyam, Jamaican E nyaams, Sranan jamsi < sources in one or more West African languages]
sweet potato, yam - The sweet potatoes and yams sold in most stores are the same vegetable—sweet potatoes are inside every mislabeled yam can; true yams are not sold anywhere except a handful of specialty grocers.
See also related terms for vegetable.

yam

A root of tropical climbing plants and a staple food in parts of Africa.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yam - edible tuber of any of several yams
yam plant, yam - any of a number of tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea many having edible tuberous roots
tuber - a fleshy underground stem or root serving for reproductive and food storage
2.yam - any of a number of tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea many having edible tuberous roots
yam - edible tuber of any of several yams
Dioscorea alata, water yam, white yam - grown in Australasia and Polynesia for its large root with fine edible white flesh
Chinese yam, cinnamon vine, Dioscorea batata - hardy Chinese vine naturalized in United States and cultivated as an ornamental climber for its glossy heart-shaped cinnamon-scented leaves and in the tropics for its edible tubers
air potato, Dioscorea bulbifera - yam of tropical Africa and Asia cultivated for it large tubers
cush-cush, Dioscorea trifida - tropical American yam with small yellow edible tubers
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
3.yam - sweet potato with deep orange flesh that remains moist when bakedyam - sweet potato with deep orange flesh that remains moist when baked
sweet potato - the edible tuberous root of the sweet potato vine which is grown widely in warm regions of the United States
4.yam - edible tuberous root of various yam plants of the genus Dioscorea grown in the tropics world-wide for food
root vegetable - any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers
Translations
بَطاطا حُلْوَه، قُلْقاس هِنْدي
jam
yamsyamsrod
jamssi
ubi
sætuhnúîjurt; sætuhnúîur
dioskorėja
dioskorėjajamss
jam
Hint yer elması

yam

[jæm] Nñame m; (= sweet potato) → batata f, camote m (LAm)

yam

[ˈjæm] n
(British)igname f
(US) (= sweet potato) → patate f douce

yam

n
(= plant)Yamswurzel f, → Jamswurzel f
(= sweet potato)Süßkartoffel f, → Batate f

yam

[jæm] n (plant, tuber) → igname m; (sweet potato) → patata dolce

yam

(jӕm) noun
any of several kinds of potato-like tropical plants used as food.
References in classic literature ?
There is not a sweet potato left; not a single yam.
Boiled yam, fried taro, alligator pear salad--there, you've got me all mixed, Then I found a last delectable half-pound of dried squid.
There was the wild yam, and a liliaceous plant called Ti, which grows in abundance, and has a soft brown root, in shape and size like a huge log of wood: this served us for dessert, for it is as sweet as treacle, and with a pleasant taste.
They always had plenty to eat and drink; because Chee-Chee and Polynesia knew all the different kinds of fruits and vegetables that grow in the jungle, and where to find them--like dates and figs and ground-nuts and ginger and yams.
We returned through the forest, and completed our collection by a raid upon the cabbage-palms, that we gathered from the tops of the trees, little beans that I recognised as the "abrou" of the Malays, and yams of a superior quality.
Beyond these, however, the country was fertile and well cultivated, with inclosures of yams, plantains, sweet potatoes, sugar-canes, and other productions of warm climates and teeming soils; and the numerous habitations of the natives were pleasantly sheltered beneath clumps of cocoanut and bread-fruit trees, which afforded both food and shade.
It began when the winter Rains failed almost entirely, and Ikki, the Porcupine, meeting Mowgli in a bamboo-thicket, told him that the wild yams were drying up.
Ah, if I had only known then that he was only a common mortal, and that his mission had nothing more overpowering about it than the collecting of seeds and uncommon yams and extraordinary cabbages and peculiar bullfrogs for that poor, useless, innocent, mildewed old fossil the Smithsonian Institute, I would have felt so much relieved.
Here they set to work to build a new village, and in a month a great clearing had been made, huts and palisades erected, plantains, yams and maize planted, and they had taken up their old life in their new home.
In the meantime the natives were bringing yams to the white men with timid gestures.
The bushmen swarmed in the camp in increasing numbers, and they were always making presents of yams and taro, of pig and fowl, and of wild fruits and vegetables.
Skipper bent suddenly, rolled Jerry with quick toughness into the blanket, and deposited him in the hollow between two sacks of yams lashed on deck aft of the mizzenmast.