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yam

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1. Any of numerous chiefly tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea, many of which have edible tuberous roots.

2. Chiefly Southern U.S. See sweet potato. See Regional Note at goober.

3. The starchy root of any of these plants, used in the tropics as food.

4. The edible starchy tuberous root of various plants (genus of the family Dioscoreaceae) used as a staple food in tropical areas.

5. A plant producing yams.

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