Definition of yautia in English:

yautia

Syllabification: yau·ti·a
Pronunciation: /youˈtēə
 
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noun

A tropical American plant of the arum family that is cultivated for its edible tubers and sometimes its leaves.
  • Genus Xanthosoma, family Araceae: several species, in particular the fleshy-leaved malanga (X. atrovirens) of Latin America
More example sentences
  • Species grown mainly for their tubers are: Xanthosoma sagittifolium (yellow yautia), whose small cormels around the central corm are called ‘nut eddos’ in the W. Indies; and X. violaceum (primrose malanga).
  • One traditional method of preparing this soup calls for large pieces of pumpkin and diced potatoes or yautias (the starchy root of a large-leaved tropical plant whose flesh is usually yellow or creamy white).
  • Peel the yautia and green plantains.

Origin

late 19th century: American Spanish, from Maya yaaj 'wound, poison' + 'mouth' with reference to its caustic properties.

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