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taro

[tahr-oh, tair-oh, tar-oh] /ˈtɑr oʊ, ˈtɛər oʊ, ˈtær oʊ/
noun, plural taros.
1.
a stemless plant, Colocasia esculenta, of the arum family, cultivated in tropical regions, in the Pacific islands and elsewhere, for the edible tuber.
2.
the tuber itself.
Compare dasheen.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Polynesian
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British Dictionary definitions for taros

taro

/ˈtɑːrəʊ/
noun (pl) -ros
1.
an aroid plant, Colocasia esculenta, cultivated in the tropics for its large edible rootstock
2.
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 taros
taro
tropical food plant, 1769, from Polynesian (Tahitian or Maori) taro.
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