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taro

[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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Examples from the Web for taro

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

  • 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

  • Taro understands their language, which is much like that of Tahiti and his own country.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose

    William H. G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for taro

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

n.

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

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