[hee-kuh-muh, hik-uh-]
the large, edible, tuberous root of a tropical American plant, Pachyrhizus erosus, of the legume family, eaten as a vegetable either raw or boiled.
Also called Mexican turnip.

1900–05; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl xīcama, xīcamatl

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jicama (dʒɪˈkɑːmə, Spanish xɪkama)
a pale brown turnip with crisp sweet flesh, originating in Mexico
[C17: from Mexican Spanish jícama, from Nahuatl xicama]

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