[tahr-oh, tair-oh, tar-oh]
- a stemless plant, Colocasia esculenta, of the arum family, cultivated in tropical regions, in the Pacific islands and elsewhere, for the edible tuber.
- the tuber itself.
Origin of taro
Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for taro
I know that your food is done, but I can give you plenty of fish and taro.The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson
Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
On a May-day of sunshine like the present, the Taro is a gentle stream.New Italian sketches
John Addington Symonds
They did not, however, neglect their taro fields; and I was sent out as usual to work.Twice Lost
Still we can obtain no information from Taro; he only says, “You will see, you will see.”
Taro understands their language, which is much like that of Tahiti and his own country.
- an aroid plant, Colocasia esculenta, cultivated in the tropics for its large edible rootstock
- the rootstock of this plant
Full name: elephant's-ear, dasheen, eddo, Chinese eddo
C18: from Tahitian and Māori
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Word Origin and History for taro
tropical food plant, 1769, from Polynesian (Tahitian or Maori) taro.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper