wild yam

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wild yam having a rhizome formerly dried and used to treat rheumatism or liver disorders
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wild yam A common plant (Dioscorea villosa) of the Eastern United States, having a hard and knotty rootstock.
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Usage

In literature:

We stayed our appetites with wild guavas and yams, and moved slowly forward in the direction that we surmised that Leith was moving in.
"The White Waterfall" by James Francis Dwyer
In a time of scarcity, for instance, he led them to some place in the bush where they could dig up plenty of wild yams.
"Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before" by George Turner
Their food consisted of roots, of wild fruit, and of yams; which the natives cultivated in small, scattered plots of ground.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
Every tree is hacked down, and the wild pigs are rooting out the yams and sweet potatoes.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
Let them go and eat grass or wild yams like pigs.
"A Memory Of The Southern Seas" by Louis Becke
Yams are found wild, but are hardly eaten except in times of scarcity.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
The root of the variety, however, is quite distinct from that of the true wild yam, being much more knotty.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
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In news:

Hsiao-Mei Wiedmeyer carries a tray of black-bone chicken stewed with wild yam and goji berries to serve after Arthur Du and his son, Brendan, finished preparing the soup Nov 12.
Murad Resurgence Age-Diffusing Serum, $60 The promise: Made with soy and wild yam extracts, this product says it will stop the breakdown of collagen and encourage elasticity, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles .
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