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oca

or o·ka

[oh-kuh]
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noun
  1. a wood sorrel, Oxalis tuberosa, of the Andes, cultivated in South America for its edible tubers.
  2. a tuber of this plant.

Origin of oca

1595–1605; < Spanish < Quechua oqa
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Examples from the Web for oca

Historical Examples

  • This oca is a tuberous root, of an oval shape and pale red colour, but white inside.

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  • On February 10, a dove (the male) was observed building a nest in a large banyan tree at Oca Point.

  • On this date a bird was seen to carry food into a hollow tree at Oca Point.

  • He received his surname from the Via del Oca, which contained the residence of his obscure parents.

  • This oca is a tuberous root (Oxalis tuberosa), of an oval shape and pale red colour, but white inside.


British Dictionary definitions for oca

oca

noun
  1. any of various South American herbaceous plants of the genus Oxalis, cultivated for their edible tubers: family Oxalidaceae

Word Origin

C20: via Spanish from Quechua okka
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