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tuckahoe

[tuhk-uh-hoh] /ˈtʌk əˌhoʊ/
noun
1.
Also called Indian bread. the edible, underground sclerotium of the fungus Poria cocos, found on the roots of trees in the southern United States.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) a Virginian, especially one inhabiting the lowland E of the Blue Ridge.
Origin
Virginia Algonquian
1605-1615
1605-15, Americanism; earlier applied to various roots and underground fungi < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) tockwhogh, tockawhoughe, taccaho arrow arum root (used for bread), derivative of Proto-Algonquian *takwah- to pound (it) fine, reduce (it) to flour; compare Shawnee takhwa bread
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n.

edible plant root, 1610s, American English, from Powhatan (Algonquian) tockawhoughe (cf. Mohegan tquogh, Shawnee tukwhah), perhaps related to Cree (Algonquian) pitikwaw "made round."

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