sweet potato


noun

a plant, Ipomoea batatas, of the morning glory family, grown for its sweet, edible, tuberous roots.
the root itself, used as a vegetable.
Informal. ocarina.

Origin of sweet potato

An Americanism dating back to 1740–50

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sweet potato

cassava sweet potato yam
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sweet potato

noun

a convolvulaceous twining plant, Ipomoea batatas, of tropical America, cultivated in the tropics for its edible fleshy yellow root
the root of this plant
Also called (NZ): kumara
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