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wild yam

noun
1.
any of several uncultivated yams, especially Dioscorea villosa, of the U.S., having a woody, tuberous root.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
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  • Drying stems of blue star, false indigo, herbaceous smilax and wild yam can be painted gold for fall.

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