yam

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See also: Yam, yám, yàm, yâm, yaṃ, yɑm, y am, and þ.á.m

English[edit]

Yams
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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) enPR: yăm, IPA(key): /jæm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æm

Etymology 1[edit]

From Portuguese inhame and Spanish ñame, likely from Wolof ñàmbi (cassava) or a related word. The term was spelled yam as early as 1657. Doublet of name.

Noun[edit]

yam (plural yams)

  1. Any climbing vine of the genus Dioscorea in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, usually cultivated.
  2. The edible, starchy, tuberous root of that plant, a tropical staple food.
  3. (US) A sweet potato; a tuber from the species Ipomoea batatas.
  4. (Scotland) Potato.
  5. (New Zealand) A oca; a tuber from the species Oxalis tuberosa.
  6. (Malaysia, Singapore) Taro.
  7. An orange-brown colour, like the flesh of the yam. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
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Usage notes[edit]

Careful use distinguishes yams (genus Dioscorea) from sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas), while casual American use conflates these.

Derived terms[edit]
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative form of hjem. Likely caused by Old Norse influence from Old Norse heim (home, homewards), the accusative form of heimr (abode, world, land), from Proto-Germanic *haimaz. More at home.

Noun[edit]

yam (plural yams)

  1. (regional, Cumberland) home

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

yam

  1. Pronunciation spelling of am.
    • 1904, Carrie Hunt Latta, “The Last Day of Schol”, in The Reader Magazine[1], volume IV, Indianopolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, page 291:
      “Stay, jailer, stay, and hear my woe,” repeating again and again, very softly, the line at the end of each stanza, “I am not mad, I am not mad.”
      Except she sang it:
      “I yam not mad, I yam not mad.”

Anagrams[edit]


Aleut[edit]

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. (Eastern) yesterday

References[edit]


Azerbaijani[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See yamçı.

Noun[edit]

yam (definite accusative yamı, plural yamlar)

  1. (historical) mail staging post

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • yam” in Obastan.com.

Beja[edit]

Noun[edit]

yám

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Klaus and Charlotte Wedekind, Abuzeinab Musa, Beja Pedagogical Grammar (2005)
  • Etudes berbères et chamito-sémitiques: mélanges offerts à Karl-G. Prasse (2000, →ISBN, page 38
  • Václav Blažek, A Lexicostatistical comparison of Omotic languages, in In Hot Pursuit of Language in Prehistory: Essays in the four fields of anthropology, page 122

Buwal[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

References[edit]


Cuvok[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

References[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English yam.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

yam m (plural yams or yammen, diminutive yammetje n)

  1. yam, a tropical vine
  2. its edible root

Synonyms[edit]


Lashi[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Postposition[edit]

yam

  1. beside

References[edit]

  • Hkaw Luk (2017) A grammatical sketch of Lacid[2], Chiang Mai: Payap University (master thesis)

Merey[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Richard Gravina (compiler); Alan Boydell, Elie Doumok (facilitators), Merey lexicon (2003, SIL)

Middle English[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

yam

  1. (Northern, northern East Midlands) Alternative form of þem (them)

Mofu-Gudur[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

References[edit]


North Giziga[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Etudes berbères et chamito-sémitiques: mélanges offerts à Karl-G. Prasse (2000, →ISBN, page 38

Pnar[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Khasian *jaːm, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *jaam. Cognate with Khasi ïam, Blang jàm, Khmu [Cuang] jaːm, Mang ɲaːm¹, Mon ယာံ, Khmer យំ (yum).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

yam

  1. to cry, to weep

South Giziga[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Etudes berbères et chamito-sémitiques: mélanges offerts à Karl-G. Prasse (2000, →ISBN, page 38

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English yam.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. yam

Yimchungru Naga[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Sino-Tibetan *k-j(i/u)m.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. house

Zulgo-Gemzek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

References[edit]