salsilla

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n salsilla tropical vine having pink-and-yellow flowers spotted purple and edible roots sometimes boiled as a potato substitute; West Indies to northern South America
    • n salsilla tropical vine having umbels of small purple flowers and edible roots sometimes boiled as a potato substitute; Colombia
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n salsilla A name of several plants of the genus Bomarea, yielding edible tubers. B. edulis is cultivated in the West Indies, its root being eaten like the potato; it is diaphoretic and diuretic. Other species, as B. Salsilla, are natives of the Peruvian Andes, and are pretty twining plants with showy flowers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Salsilla sal-sil′a one of several species of Bomarea, with edible tubers.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp., dim. of salsa, sauce.