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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [yam]
    • /yæm/
    • /jæm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [yam]
    • /yæm/

Definitions of yam word

  • noun yam the starchy, tuberous root of any of various climbing vines of the genus Dioscorea, cultivated for food in warm regions. 1
  • noun yam any of these plants. 1
  • noun yam the sweet potato. 1
  • noun yam Scot. potato (def 1). 1
  • noun yam The edible starchy tuber of a climbing plant, widely distributed in tropical and subtropical countries. 1
  • noun yam sweet potato 1

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Origin of yam

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-90; compare Gullah nyam, Jamaican English nyaams, Sranan jamsi < sources in one or more West African languages (compare Wolof nyam(nyam), Fulani nyami to eat, Twi εnãm flesh, ànyinam, ayam’kàw-dé kinds of yam; earlier E forms < Portuguese inhame or Spanish (i)ñame

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Parts of speech for Yam


yam popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

Synonyms for yam

noun yam

  • vegetable — any plant whose fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves, or flower parts are used as food, as the tomato, bean, beet, potato, onion, asparagus, spinach, or cauliflower.
  • beet — Beet is a crop with a thick round root. It is often used to feed animals, especially cows.
  • bulb — A bulb is the glass part of an electric lamp, which gives out light when electricity passes through it.
  • potato — Also called Irish potato, white potato. the edible tuber of a cultivated plant, Solanum tuberosum, of the nightshade family.
  • root — Elihu [el-uh-hyoo] /ˈɛl əˌhyu/ (Show IPA), 1845–1937, U.S. lawyer and statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1912.

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