• WordNet 3.6
    • n taro tropical starchy tuberous root
    • n taro herb of the Pacific islands grown throughout the tropics for its edible root and in temperate areas as an ornamental for its large glossy leaves
    • n taro edible starchy tuberous root of taro plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Taro (Bot) A name for several aroid plants (Colocasia antiquorum, var. esculenta Colocasia macrorhiza, etc.), and their rootstocks. They have large ovate-sagittate leaves and large fleshy tuberous rootstocks, which are cooked and used for food in tropical countries.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n taro A gold coin of the Arab emirs of Sicily of the tenth and eleventh centuries; of the Lombard dukes of the seventh century; of the Two Sicilies under Norman rule in the fourth century; of Amalfi in the eleventh century.
    • n taro A food-plant, Colocasia antiquorum, especially the variety esculenta, a native of India, but widely cultivated in the warmer parts of the globe, particularly in the Pacific islands. It is a stemless plant with the general habit of the caladiums of house and garden culture. The leaves are heart-shaped and about a foot long. Its chief value lies in its stem-like tuberous starchy root, which is eaten boiled or baked, made into a bread or pudding, or in the Sandwich Islands, where it is the staple food of the natives, in the form of poi (which see). The tubers, when baked, pouuded, and pressed, keep fresh many months. An excellent starch can be had from them. The leaves and leafstalks are also edible, with the character of spinach or asparagus. All parts of the plant are acrid, but this quality is removed by cooking. Taro is propagated by a cutting from the top of the tuber, which, in the Fiji Islands at least, is planted as soon as the crop is gathered. About flfteen months are required to mature the root. See Colocasia (with cut), also cocco, eddoes, and tanya.
    • n taro A money of account and coin of silver, and also of copper, formerly used in Malta under the Grand Masters. The silver taro of 1777 weighed about 15 grains, and the copper taro of 1786 about 118 grains.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Taro tä′rō a plant of the arum family, widely cultivated for its edible roots in the islands of the Pacific.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the Polynesian name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The taro-root was of an oval shape, about ten inches long and four or five thick.
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
To the white man yams and taro taste mighty good at first, but eventually he sickens of them.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
The natives pay the greatest attention to the cultivation of the taro root.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
One kind of taro looks much like a lily that grows higher than a tall man.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
I know that your food is done, but I can give you plenty of fish and taro.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
A taro pit no bigger than an ordinary drawing-room will keep a man in food a whole year.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
When we reach the bed of the Taro, these hills begin to narrow on either hand, and the road rises.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
She told him to rub taro stalks on the line of their spirals, the twist being put there for that purpose.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
My name is Urashima Taro.
"Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book" by Edmund Dulac
There were no useful roots such as the potato, the turnip, or the yam, or the taro.
"Peeps At Many Lands: Australia" by Frank Fox
Towards evening we come to some gardens, where the natives plant their yam and taro.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
Another old man furnished boiled and pounded taro, which the girls mixed with water and made into poi.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
The river is navigated by native boats in the Hukawng valley, but launches cannot come up from the Chindwin proper because of the reefs below Taro.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
It is an account of the Pelew matrons' work in the taro fields.
"The Position of Woman in Primitive Society" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
I know that your food is done, but I can give you plenty of fish and taro.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Then he twisted the neck of the bird and was told to rub the stem of the taro plant.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
If taro was a person's idol, taro was taboo for him.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
S PAitzcuaro, 7,800 ft., 2; TancA-taro, 6,000 ft., 4.
"An Annotated Check List of the Mammals of Michoacán, México" by Bernardo Villa R.
But this lazy lad, Monogusa Taro, had his dreams and ambitions.
"Warriors of Old Japan and Other Stories" by Yei Theodora Ozaki
Some of the ponds in the interior of the Islands have been turned into rice fields and taro patches, especially on Oahu.
"The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines" by Isabel Anderson

In news:

Gluten-free and vegan baked goods with taro flour.
Some victims had Taro card readings with Señora Monica and decided to have her cleanse their money.
'A Drifting Life' by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, translated from the Japanese by Taro Nettleton, edited, designed and lettered by Adrian Tomine.
Sun Pharmaceutical, Taro Pharmaceutical Industries, Sun Pharma, buyout, pharmaceutical companies.
Patrons eat lunch at Ramen Taro in Foster City on July 12.
Maui Slam And East Maui Taro Festival And Record Store Day And Earth Day And Jack Johnson.
Hana – The 20th Annual East Maui Taro Festival returns from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and continues from 7:30 am to 2 pm on Sunday at the Hana Ball Park, in Hana.
Novelist Karl Taro Greenfeld puts Pacific Palisades home up for lease.
Taro said that the Food and Drug Administration has declared the drug maker's manufacturing facility in Canada as having acceptable regulatory status.
The taro of Haraguchi Farm in Kauai's Hanalei Valley.
A Conversation with Karl Taro Greenfeld.
Maria Arana talks with the journalist and author Karl Taro Greenfeld.
The annual East Maui Taro Festival kicks off this Saturday in Hana.
Each year, the Hana community transforms its baseball park into a place that pays tribute to the ancient Hawaiian staple—the kalo ( taro ).
HONOLULU (AP) — Taro , the crop used to make poi, has been named the state plant.

In science:

The authors are grateful to Taro Tani for valuable discussions, and to Midori Obara for technical supports.
Singular Gauge Transformation in Non-Commutative U(2) Gauge Theory
This has been calculated by the TARO collaboration .
Taro Suzuki, Aart Middeldorp, Tetsuo Ida (1995).
Syntactic Confluence Criteria for Positive/Negative-Conditional Term Rewriting Systems