cocoyam

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English[edit]

new cocoyam
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Etymology[edit]

coco +‎ yam, because old cocoyam was planted in coconut groves and resembled yams. New cocoyam was so named because it resembled old cocoyam.

Noun[edit]

cocoyam (plural cocoyams)

  1. New cocoyam: Xanthosoma, particularly Xanthosoma sagittifolium, or the edible root of that plant; malanga.
    • 2007 March 30, “Street Level”, Chicago Reader:
      Ampesi, intensely flavored stews or soups, are eaten with fufu, a firm, starchy dumpling made from plantains or cocoyam.
  2. Old cocoyam: Colocasia esculenta; taro.

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