wild yam


any of several uncultivated yams, especially Dioscorea villosa, of the U.S., having a woody, tuberous root.

Nearby words

  1. wild vanilla,
  2. wild water,
  3. wild weasel,
  4. wild west,
  5. wild west show,
  6. wild-and-woolly,
  7. wild-card,
  8. wild-eyed,
  9. wild-goose chase,
  10. wild-headed

Origin of wild yam

First recorded in 1835–45

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