Definition of Dioscorea alata
1. Noun. Grown in Australasia and Polynesia for its large root with fine edible white flesh.
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Literary usage of Dioscorea alata
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1. The Origins of Invention: A Study of Industry Among Primitive Peoples by Otis Tufton Mason (1895)
"The uhi or yam (dioscorea alata) was cultivated with much care. On the sides of hills and banks terraces were formed of mixed rich earth and decayed leaves. ..."
2. The History, Antiquities, Topography, and Statistics of Eastern India by Robert Montgomery Martin (1838)
"Al l of them that I have seen cultivated may perhaps be included under the dioscorea alata of Encyclopedic, although I am persuaded that there are several ..."
3. Tropical Agriculture: A Treatise on the Culture, Preparation, Commerce and by Peter Lund Simmonds (1889)
"The species chiefly preferred in the West Indies are the negro or red yam (Dioscorea alata), the afou or Guinea yam (D. aculeata), the buck yam i(D. ..."