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yampee

[yam-pee] /ˈyæm pi/
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1.
a vine, Dioscorea trifida, of South America, having large leaves and edible tubers.
Also called cush-cush.
Origin of yampee
1790-1800
1790-1800; perhaps ultimately of West African orig.; compare Vai (Mande language of Liberia and Sierra Leone) džambi wild yam
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