men-of-the-earth

man-of-the-earth

[man-uhv-thee-urth, -urth]
noun, plural men-of-the-earth, man-of-the-earths.
a morning glory, Ipomoea pandurata, of eastern North America, having white flowers and a very large, tuberous root.


Origin:
1825–35, Americanism

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man-of-the-earth

noun
1. a morning glory with long roots of western United States 
2. tropical American prostrate or climbing herbaceous perennial having an enormous starchy root; sometimes held to be source of the sweet potato [syn: wild potato vine
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