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sweet potato

a plant, Ipomoea batatas, of the morning glory family, grown for its sweet, edible, tuberous roots.
the root itself, used as a vegetable.
Informal. ocarina.
Origin of sweet potato
1740-50, Americanism
Can be confused
cassava, sweet potato, yam. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sweet potato
  • Dessert offerings include sweet potato pie and banana pudding.
  • Serve with one and one-half cups rich brown sauce seasoned with tomato catsup and mashed sweet potato.
  • Ordered some corn dogs with regular and sweet potato fries.
  • Spicy red jalapeno jelly plays perfectly against sweet potato's sugary flavor in this easy side dish.
  • sweet potato fries are often limp and soggy and because they are naturally sweet, many restaurants do not season them.
  • sweet potato pecan pie and creme brulee are some of the dishes on the decadent dessert menu.
  • It consists of raw seafood cooked in lime juice, onion, tomato and hot peppers served with sweet potato and corn on the cob.
  • These soft and airy sweet potato rolls are perfect for the job.
  • We won't take sides in the pumpkin pie versus sweet potato pie or apple versus pecan debate.
  • The sweet potato industry has changed especially in the area of storage and curing.
British Dictionary definitions for sweet potato

sweet potato

a convolvulaceous twining plant, Ipomoea batatas, of tropical America, cultivated in the tropics for its edible fleshy yellow root
the root of this plant
Also called (NZ) kumara
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Slang definitions & phrases for sweet potato

sweet patootie

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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