purple yam etymology

English word purple yam comes from English yam

Detailed word origin of purple yam

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yam English (eng) (Malaysia, Singapore) Taro.. (NZ) A oca; a tuber from the species Oxalis tuberosa.. (Scotland) Potato.. (US) A sweet potato; a tuber from the species Ipomoea batatas.. Any climbing vine of the genus Dioscorea in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, usually cultivated.. The edible, starchy, tuberous root of that plant, a tropical staple food.
purple yam English (eng) A yam used in a variety of desserts, Dioscorea alata.