[ tahr-oh, tair-oh, tar-oh ]
/ ˈtɑr oʊ, ˈtɛər oʊ, ˈtær oʊ /
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noun, plural ta·ros.
a stemless plant, Colocasia esculenta, of the arum family, cultivated in tropical regions, in the Pacific Islands and elsewhere, for the edible tuber.
the tuber itself.


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Origin of taro

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for taro

/ (ˈtɑːrəʊ) /

noun plural -ros
an aroid plant, Colocasia esculenta, cultivated in the tropics for its large edible rootstock
the rootstock of this plant
Full name: elephant's-ear, dasheen, eddo, Chinese eddo

Word Origin for taro

C18: from Tahitian and Māori
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