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Definition of YAM

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Yam \Yam\ (y[a^]m), n. [Pg. inhame, probably from some native name.]
     1. (Bot.) 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 {Dioscorea sativa}, but several others are cultivated. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Bot.) Any one of several cultural varieties of the sweet potato. [U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     {Chinese yam}, a plant ({Dioscorea Batatas}) with a long and slender tuber, hardier than most of the other species.

     {Wild yam}.
        (a) A common plant ({Dioscorea villosa}) of the Eastern United States, having a hard and knotty rootstock. (b) An orchidaceous plant ({Gastrodia sesamoides}) of Australia and Tasmania. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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