Definition of oca in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈōkə/


A South American plant related to wood sorrel, long cultivated in Peru for its edible tubers.
  • Oxalis tuberosa, family Oxalidaceae.
Example sentences
  • The potato was also of great importance and, with its related tubers oca and ulluco, provided crops which were protected from the frost, hail, and storms.
  • Cultivated oca has an important place in the diets and farming systems of rural communities in the Andean highlands.
  • Several families were harvesting bright yellow oca (a sweet potato).


Early 17th century: from American Spanish, from Quechua ócca.

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Syllabification: o·ca

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