[hee-kuh-muh, hik-uh-]
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for jicama


  1. 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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