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jicama

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

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Also called Mexican turnip .

Origin of jicama

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

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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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