[tahr-oh, tair-oh, tar-oh]
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.

1770–80; < Polynesian

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taro (ˈtɑːrəʊ)
n , pl -ros
1.  an aroid plant, Colocasia esculenta, cultivated in the tropics for its large edible rootstock
2.  the rootstock of this plant
[C18: from Tahitian and Māori]

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Word Origin & History

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