[buh-tah-tuh; Spanish bah-tah-tah]
- a type of tropical sweet potato, Batatas edulis, somewhat dry and delicate in flavor.
Origin of batata
1575–85; < Spanish and Portuguese, from Taino
Also called bo·ni·a·to [boh-nee-ah-toh; Spanish baw-nyah-taw] /ˌboʊ niˈɑ toʊ; Spanish bɔˈnyɑ tɔ/.
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Examples from the Web for batata
In some parts of America the Batata, next to maize, forms the principal diet of the poorer classes.
The bread of the country is made from a root that looks like the batata, the stalk of which is like alder.Original Narratives of Early American History
Vaca and Others
Batata, ba-t′ta, n. a plant with tuberous roots, the sweet potato.
When Batata saw me making preparations for departure, he warmly pressed me to stay to breakfast.
I answered that I had been surprised at first, but had ceased to believe that she was a child of Batata's, or of any of his kin.
- another name for sweet potato
C16: from Spanish, from Taino
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