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[tahr-oh, tair-oh, tar-oh]
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noun, plural ta·ros.
  1. a stemless plant, Colocasia esculenta, of the arum family, cultivated in tropical regions, in the Pacific islands and elsewhere, for the edible tuber.
  2. the tuber itself.
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Compare dasheen.

Origin of taro

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1770–80
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Historical Examples

  • I know that your food is done, but I can give you plenty of fish and taro.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson

    Nellie van De Grift Sanchez

  • On a May-day of sunshine like the present, the Taro is a gentle stream.

    New Italian sketches

    John Addington Symonds

  • They did not, however, neglect their taro fields; and I was sent out as usual to work.

    Twice Lost

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • I asked Taro whether he had ever eaten any of his fellow-creatures.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose

    William H. G. Kingston

  • Still we can obtain no information from Taro; he only says, “You will see, you will see.”

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose

    William H. G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for taro


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

Word Origin

C18: from Tahitian and Māori
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Word Origin and History for taro


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

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