Definition of Yam

1. Noun. Edible tuber of any of several yams.

Group relationships: Yam Plant
Generic synonyms: Tuber



2. Noun. Any of a number of tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea many having edible tuberous roots.

3. Noun. Sweet potato with deep orange flesh that remains moist when baked.
Generic synonyms: Sweet Potato

4. Noun. Edible tuberous root of various yam plants of the genus Dioscorea grown in the tropics world-wide for food.
Generic synonyms: Root Vegetable

Definition of Yam

1. n. 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 D. sativa, but several others are cultivated.

2. n. Any one of several cultural varieties of the sweet potato.

3. n. 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 D. sativa, but several others are cultivated.

4. n. Any one of several cultural varieties of the sweet potato.

Definition of Yam

1. Noun. (botany) Any climbing vine of the genus ''Dioscorea'' in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, usually cultivated ¹

2. Noun. The edible, starchy, tuberous root of that plant, a tropical staple food. ¹

3. Noun. (American English) A sweet potato; a tuber from the genus ''Ipomoea''. ¹

4. Noun. (Scotland) Potato. ¹

5. Noun. (context: West Cumbria) home. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Yam

1. a plant having an edible root [n -S]

Medical Definition of Yam

1. 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 D. Sativa, but several others are cultivated. Chinese yam, a plant (Dioscorea Batatas) with a long and slender tuber, hardier than most of the other species. Wild yam. A common plant (Dioscorea villosa) of the Eastern United States, having a hard and knotty rootstock. An orchidaceous plant (Gastrodia sesamoides) of Australia and Tasmania. Origin: Pg. Inhame, probably from some native name. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Yam

yakless
yaklike
yakoots
yakow
yakows
yaks
yaksha
yakshas
yakuza
yalah
yald
yales
yali
yalis
yaller
yam (current term)
yam bean
yam family
yam plant
yama
yamalka
yamalkas
yamboo
yamboos
yamen
yamens
yamlike
yamma
yammer
yammered

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