taro

[ tahr-oh, tair-oh, tar-oh ]
/ ˈtɑr oʊ, ˈtɛər oʊ, ˈtær oʊ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. tarne,
  2. tarnish,
  3. tarnished plant bug,
  4. tarnopol,
  5. tarnów,
  6. taroc,
  7. tarok,
  8. tarot,
  9. tarots,
  10. tarp

Compare dasheen.

Origin of taro

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1770–80

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British Dictionary definitions for taro

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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Word Origin and History for taro

taro

n.

tropical food plant, 1769, from Polynesian (Tahitian or Maori) taro.

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