- the large, edible, tuberous root of a tropical American plant, Pachyrhizus erosus, of the legume family, eaten as a vegetable either raw or boiled.
Origin of jicama
1900–05; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl xīcama, xīcamatl
Also called Mexican turnip.
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- a pale brown turnip with crisp sweet flesh, originating in Mexico
C17: from Mexican Spanish jícama, from Nahuatl xicama