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Yam meaning

yam - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. Any one of several cultural varieties of the sweet potato.
  2. 2. A large, esculent, farinaceous tuber of various climbing plants of the genus Dioscorea; also, the plants themselves. Mostly natives of warm climates. The plants have netted- veined, petioled leaves, and pods with three broad wings. The commonest species is D. sativa, but several others are cultivated.
  3. 3. A tropical vine, and its edible tuberous root.

yam - examples of usage

  1. Each and all are thriving, but I can do no more than mention them, though I fear so short a reference will be considered scant courtesy to the active, pushing people who are laboring with such success at the development of Polk, Yam Hill, and Washington Counties. - "Two Years in Oregon", Wallis Nash.
  2. The offerings being made, the Fetish- man partakes of the yam; the king then eats of the valued root; and after these two have pronounced them ripe and fit for food, the people consider themselves at liberty to commence digging. - "The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies", Robert Gordon Latham.
  3. A woman with baskets of fruit dangling from the ends of a bamboo pole that was on her shoulders must have made Kumpee's girlfriend hungry since no sooner was she back with her beau than the exigency of eating had driven the herd to seek a bowl of tom yam soup with noodles. - "Corpus of a Siam Mosquito", Steven Sills.
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