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tuckahoe

[ tuhk-uh-hoh ]
/ ˈtʌk əˌhoʊ /
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noun

Also called Indian bread. the edible, underground sclerotium of the fungus Poria cocos, found on the roots of trees in the southern United States.
(usually initial capital letter) a Virginian, especially one inhabiting the lowland east of the Blue Ridge.

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Origin of tuckahoe

First recorded in 1605–15, Americanism; earlier applied to various roots and underground fungi, from Virginia Algonquian (English spelling) tockwhogh, tockawhoughe, taccaho “arrow arum root” (used for bread), derivative of Proto-Algonquian takwah- “to pound (it) fine, reduce (it) to flour” (unattested); compare Shawnee takhwa “bread”
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