yam

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

English[edit]

Yams.
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Pronunciation[edit]

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

Etymology 1[edit]

From Portuguese inhame and Spanish ñame, possibly from the Fula nyami (to eat). The term was spelled yam as early as 1657.

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.
Usage notes[edit]

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

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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

Anagrams[edit]


Aleut[edit]

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. (Eastern) yesterday

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Buwal[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

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Cuvok[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

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

Synonyms[edit]


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. Alternative form of þem

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Mofu-Gudur[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

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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

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

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