jicama

[ hee-kuh-muh, hik-uh- ]
/ ˈhi kə mə, ˈhɪk ə- /

noun

the large, edible, tuberous root of a tropical American plant, Pachyrhizus erosus, of the legume family, eaten as a vegetable either raw or boiled.

Nearby words

  1. jibber-jabber,
  2. jibbons,
  3. jibe,
  4. jibouti,
  5. jibuti,
  6. jicarilla,
  7. jictar,
  8. jidda,
  9. jiddah,
  10. jiff

Origin of jicama

1900–05; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl xīcama, xīcamatl

Also called Mexican turnip.

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British Dictionary definitions for jicama

jicama

/ (dʒɪˈkɑːmə, Spanish xɪkama) /

noun

a pale brown turnip with crisp sweet flesh, originating in Mexico

Word Origin for jicama

C17: from Mexican Spanish jícama, from Nahuatl xicama

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