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Yams
 
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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) enPR: yăm, IPA(key): /jæm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æm

Etymology 1Edit

From Portuguese inhame and Spanish ñame, possibly from the Fula nyami (to eat). The term was spelled yam as early as 1657.

NounEdit

yam (plural yams)

  1. Any climbing vine of the genus Dioscorea in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, usually cultivated.
  2. The edible, starchy, tuberous root of that plant, a tropical staple food.
  3. (US) A sweet potato; a tuber from the species Ipomoea batatas.
  4. (Scotland) Potato.
  5. (New Zealand) A oca; a tuber from the species Oxalis tuberosa.
  6. (Malaysia, Singapore) Taro.
  7. An orange-brown colour, like the flesh of the yam. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
    yam colour:  
Usage notesEdit

Careful use distinguishes yams (genus Dioscorea) from sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas), while casual American use conflates these.

Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Alternative form of hjem. Likely caused by Old Norse influence from Old Norse heim (home, homewards), the accusative form of heimr (abode, world, land), from Proto-Germanic *haimaz. More at home.

NounEdit

yam (plural yams)

  1. (regional, Cumberland) home

AnagramsEdit


AleutEdit

NounEdit

yam

  1. (Eastern) yesterday

ReferencesEdit


BuwalEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

NounEdit

yam

  1. water

ReferencesEdit


CuvokEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

NounEdit

yam

  1. water

ReferencesEdit


DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

yam m (plural yams or yammen, diminutive yammetje n)

  1. yam, a tropical vine
  2. its edible root

SynonymsEdit


MereyEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

NounEdit

yam

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Richard Gravina (compiler); Alan Boydell, Elie Doumok (facilitators), Merey lexicon (2003, SIL)

Middle EnglishEdit

PronounEdit

yam

  1. Alternative form of þem

ReferencesEdit


Mofu-GudurEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

NounEdit

yam

  1. water

ReferencesEdit


North GizigaEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

NounEdit

yam

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Etudes berbères et chamito-sémitiques: mélanges offerts à Karl-G. Prasse (2000, →ISBN, page 38

South GizigaEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

NounEdit

yam

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Etudes berbères et chamito-sémitiques: mélanges offerts à Karl-G. Prasse (2000, →ISBN, page 38

Tok PisinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English yam.

NounEdit

yam

  1. yam

Yimchungru NagaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Sino-Tibetan *k-j(i/u)m.

NounEdit

yam

  1. house

Zulgo-GemzekEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Proto-Chadic *ymn.

NounEdit

yam

  1. water

ReferencesEdit