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[tahr-oh, tair-oh, tar-oh] /ˈtɑr oʊ, ˈtɛər oʊ, ˈtær oʊ/
noun, plural taros.
a stemless plant, Colocasia esculenta, of the arum family, cultivated in tropical regions, in the Pacific islands and elsewhere, for the edible tuber.
the tuber itself.
Compare dasheen.
Origin of taro
1770-80; < Polynesian Unabridged
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Examples from the web for taro
  • Villagers paddle outrigger canoes and grow taro and other traditional staples.
  • The state produces a wide array of commercial crops ranging from sugarcane to pineapples and taro.
  • In the main lobby, patrons were served taro, pumpkin and water-chestnut cakes.
  • Dinner includes beef and chicken entrees, tropical fruits, taro rolls and local vegetables.
  • taro root is a starchy vegetable that is commonly used in place of a potato.
  • taro root contains calcium oxalate, the agent responsible for the symptoms, but it is rendered harmless when properly prepared.
British Dictionary definitions for taro


noun (pl) -ros
an aroid plant, Colocasia esculenta, cultivated in the tropics for its large edible rootstock
the rootstock of this plant
Full name elephant's-ear, dasheen, eddo, Chinese eddo
Word Origin
C18: from Tahitian and Māori
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Word Origin and History for taro

tropical food plant, 1769, from Polynesian (Tahitian or Maori) taro.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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