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[ahr-uh-kah-chuh; Spanish ahr-rah-kah-chah]
  1. a perennial herb, Arracacia xanthorrhiza, of the parsley family, found in the Andes, having large, fleshy, edible roots.
  2. the root of this plant, eaten like potatoes.
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Origin of arracacha

1820–25; < Spanish < Quechua
Also called a·pi·o [ahpee-oh] /ˈɑpiˌoʊ/, Peruvian carrot.
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Historical Examples

  • Arracacha, ar-a-kach′, n. an umbelliferous plant with esculent roots, native to the northern parts of South America.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • The introduction of the arracacha into Europe has been attempted several times without success.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants

    Alphonse De Candolle