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dioscorea


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Yam  \Yam\  (y[a^]m),  n.  [Pg.  inhame,  probably  from  some  native 
  name.]  (Bot.) 
  A  large  esculent,  farinaceous  tuber  of  various  climbing 
  plants  of  the  genus  {Dioscorea};  also  the  plants  themselves. 
  Mostly  natives  of  warm  climates.  The  plants  have 
  netted-veined,  petioled  leaves,  and  pods  with  three  broad 
  wings.  The  commonest  species  is  {D.  sativa},  but  several 
  others  are  cultivated. 
 
  {Chinese  yam},  a  plant  ({Dioscorea  Batatas})  with  a  long  and 
  slender  tuber,  hardier  than  most  of  the  other  species. 
 
  {Wild  yam}. 
  a  A  common  plant  ({Dioscorea  villosa})  of  the  Eastern 
  United  States,  having  a  hard  and  knotty  rootstock. 
  b  An  orchidaceous  plant  ({Gastrodia  sesamoides})  of 
  Australia  and  Tasmania. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dioscorea  \Di`os*co"re*a\,  n.  [NL.  Named  after  Dioscorides  the 
  Greek  physician.]  (Bot.) 
  A  genus  of  plants.  See  {Yam}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Dioscorea 
  n  :  yams  [syn:  {Dioscorea},  {genus  Dioscorea}] 




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