yam etymology

English word yam comes from Portuguese inhame (Yam (edible root of Dioscorea vine).), Spanish ñame (Yam.)

Detailed word origin of yam

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
inhame Portuguese (por) Yam (edible root of Dioscorea vine).
ñame Spanish (spa) Yam.
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.

Words with the same origin as yam

Descendants of inhame
purple yam yamless
Descendants of ñame