yam

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

English[edit]

Yams.
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Pronunciation[edit]

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.
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]

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Noun[edit]

yam ‎(plural yams)

  1. (regional, Cumberland) home

Anagrams[edit]


Buwal[edit]

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

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Cuvok[edit]

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]

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

References[edit]

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

Mofu-Gudur[edit]

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

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North Giziga[edit]

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Etudes berbères et chamito-sémitiques: mélanges offerts à Karl-G. Prasse (2000, ISBN 9042908262), page 38

South Giziga[edit]

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Etudes berbères et chamito-sémitiques: mélanges offerts à Karl-G. Prasse (2000, ISBN 9042908262), page 38

Zulgo-Gemzek[edit]

Noun[edit]

yam

  1. water

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