yautia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n yautia tropical American aroid having edible tubers that are cooked and eaten like yams or potatoes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Yautia In Puerto Rico, any of several araceous plants or their starchy edible roots, which are cooked and eaten like yams or potatoes, as the taro.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yautia On the island of Porto Rico, the name applied to several species of Xanthosoma, plants belonging to the arum family, with large sagittate leaves and starchy roots, which are used for food after the manner of the leaves and roots of the taro of Polynesia (Caladium Colocasia). The principal cultivated species are Xanthosoma sagitæfolium, X. atrovirens, and X. violaceum. In addition to the indigenous species of Xanthosoma, the name is also applied to the introduced Caladium Colocasia, called ‘Yautia malanga,’ easily distinguished by its peltate leaves, the leaves of all the species of Xanthosoma having an open basal sinus; and also to Alocasia macrorhiza, called ‘Yautia Panamá,’ the ape of Polynesia. See piga and illustration under ape, 2.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Native name in the Antilles