tuckahoe

tuckahoe

[tuhk-uh-hoh]
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:
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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tuckahoe
edible plant root, 1612, Amer.Eng., from Powhatan (Algonquian) tockawhoughe (cf. Mohegan tquogh, Shawnee tukwhah), perhaps related to Cree (Algonquian) pitikwaw "made round."
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