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.
Some of these islands are distinguished for the cultivation of the yam, which affords quite a valuable supply for ships.The Arctic Whaleman|Lewis Holmes
The kitchen garden and the yam grounds, being at the foot of the hill, were in possession of the rebels.The Missing Ship|W. H. G. Kingston
The root of the yam is wholesome and well-flavored; nearly as large as a man's leg, and of an irregular form.
The yam has the smell of a chestnut, and anyone would think he was eating chestnuts.
Has a strong man encroached on a widow's yam patch, it is to the Fono that she makes her plaint.Savage Island|Basil C. Thomson
British Dictionary definitions for yam
Word Origin for yam
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.