Definition of Indian potato
1. Noun. A North American vine with fragrant blossoms and edible tubers; important food crop of Native Americans.
Terms within: Groundnut, Potato Bean, Wild Bean
Group relationships: Apios, Genus Apios
Generic synonyms: Vine
2. Noun. Very tall American perennial of central and the eastern United States to Canada having edible tuberous roots.
Generic synonyms: Helianthus, Sunflower
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Literary usage of Indian potato
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The New England Farmer by Samuel W. Cole (1855)
"Can any one give information concerning the Groundnut or indian potato ? Has any attempt ever been made to cultivate it, and with what success? ..."
2. The American Botanist edited by Willard Nelson Clute (1921)
"A considerable number of other names allude to these tubers among which are "potato pea", "indian potato", "pig potato", and "white apples". ..."
3. The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States by Henry Gannett (1905)
"Said to be the Sioux or Omaha Indian name for the so-called "indian potato." Topsfield; town in Essex County, Massachusetts, named from the parish in ..."
4. True Indian Stories by Jacob Piatt Dunn (1908)
"There are. several native plants called "wild potato" or "indian potato." One is the "man of the earth" (ipomea pandurata), one of the morning glory family, ..."
5. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1907)
"indian potato, 455. Indian saffron, 270. Indian shot, 199. Indian tobacco, 462. Indian yellow, 268. Individual, unity of, importance in plant-breeding, 58. ..."
6. Scouting for Girls: Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts (1920)
"... indian potato. The plant is a slender vine with three, five, or seven leaflets in a group. On its roots in spring are from one to a dozen potatoes, ..."
7. Useful wild plants of the United States and Canada by Charles Francis Saunders (1920)
"These are the "indian potato" of the Assiniboine Indians. Mr. WN Clute, in "The American Botanist," February, 1918, noted that the prairie species, ..."