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Last seen on: LA Times Crossword 16 Feb 21, Tuesday

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Yam is the common name for some plant species in the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreaceae) that form edible tubers.Yams are perennial herbaceous vines cultivated for the consumption of their starchy tubers in many temperate and tropical regions, especially in Africa, South America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Oceania. The tubers themselves, also called “yams”, come in a variety of forms owing to numerous cultivars and related species.

The name “yam” appears to derive from Portuguese inhame or Canarian (Spain) ├▒ame, which derived from West African languages during trade. Although in both languages, this name is commonly referred to the plant taro (Colocasia esculenta) from the genus Colocasia, as opposed to Dioscorea.

The main derivations borrow from verbs meaning “to eat”. True yams have various common names across multiple world regions.

In some places, other (unrelated) root vegetables are sometimes referred to as “yams”, including:

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