IPA: jˈæm


  • 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.
  • (US) A sweet potato; a tuber from the species Ipomoea batatas.
  • (Scotland) A potato.
  • (New Zealand) A oca; a tuber from the species Oxalis tuberosa.
  • (Malaysia, Singapore) Taro.
  • An orange-brown colour, like the flesh of the yam.
  • (regional, Cumberland) Home.
  • A surname.


  • (UK, nonstandard, slang) To eat.
  • (especially basketball) To dunk on; to beat humiliatingly.
  • Pronunciation spelling of am.

Examples of "yam" in Sentences

  • There are many cultivars of yam.
  • The usual name for the god is Yam.
  • Cassava and yam are important crops.
  • The staple food of the Indian diet is the yam.
  • Cassava and yams are the main root vegetables.
  • Incidentally the yam is not indigenous to Australia.
  • The name comes from the abundance of yams being grown in the area.
  • In other parts of the Malay world, the word ubi refers to any yam or tuber.
  • In botany, this species is also known by the names water yam and winged yam.
  • Yam is either fried in oil or pounded to make a Mashed Potato like Yam pottage.
  • You no let cutty my Foot, so me no let cutty your Head; no be sadd, you have _bumby grande * yam yam_.
  • The use of the word yam to refer to the orange one is at least as interesting an illustration of linguistic change as the retronyms you cite.
  • The eater then blows up the steam from the hot yam, and afterwards pokes the whole into his mouth, and says, ‘I thank God for being permitted to eat the new yam’; he then begins to chew it heartily, with fish likewise.
  • I guess that the term yam, as misapplied by growers and marketers of sweetpotatoes in the southern states, may have had its origin in the similar shapes of the roots of sweetpotatoes and the tubers another basic botanical difference of yams, the latter having been familiar to slaves from Africa.

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