Origin of yam
Examples from the Web for yam
The sorbet was tangy and was a tad tart while in the main course the pepper in the yam croquette brought it to life.What Harry Ate
March 15, 2012
It will be a great improvement to cut up a yam and boil it in the soup.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
The Chinese yam, recently introduced, grows downward two or three feet.
However, the yam may prove a valuable acquisition to the country.
The yam is the root of a climbing plant which David called the Dioscoreo-sativa.In the Wilds of Africa
At last I had but a pint of water remaining and only a yam or two.Norman Vallery
- any of various twining plants of the genus Dioscorea, of tropical and subtropical regions, cultivated for their edible tubers: family Dioscoreaceae
- the starchy tuber of any of these plants, which is eaten as a vegetable
- Southern US any of certain large varieties of sweet potato
- a former Scot name for the (common) potato
Word Origin and History for yam
1580s, from Portuguese inhame or Spanish igname, from a West African language (cf. Fulani nyami "to eat;" Twi anyinam "species of yam"); the word in American and Jamaican English probably is directly from West African sources.