[ahr-uh-kah-chuh; Spanish ahr-rah-kah-chah]
- a perennial herb, Arracacia xanthorrhiza, of the parsley family, found in the Andes, having large, fleshy, edible roots.
- the root of this plant, eaten like potatoes.
Origin of arracacha
1820–25; < Spanish < Quechua
Also called a·pi·o [ahpee-oh] /ˈɑpiˌoʊ/, Peruvian carrot.
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Arracacha, ar-a-kach′, n. an umbelliferous plant with esculent roots, native to the northern parts of South America.
The introduction of the arracacha into Europe has been attempted several times without success.Origin of Cultivated Plants
Alphonse De Candolle