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yam

 
pronunciation:
yaem
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the root of a tropical climbing plant, or the plant itself. The root is eaten as a cooked vegetable.
definition 2: a kind of sweet potato.
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Yam comes from nyam, a West African word that means "to eat." Yams are a staple in the diet of many African people, and during difficult times may be the only thing there is to eat.
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