Definition of jicama in English:


Line breaks: ji¦cama
Pronunciation: /ˈhiːkəma


[mass noun]
  • The crisp white-fleshed edible tuber of the yam bean, used especially in Mexican cookery.
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    • He liked homemade carrot juice, nutty sunflower pate, roast jicama with a little balsamic vinegar, organic multigrain bread, and cholesterol-free egg substitute.
    • If you like, add slivered fresh spinach leaves, diced jicama, blanched and slivered snow peas, supremed oranges, or a bit of julienned mint.
    • Spoon a portion of the tangerine sauce around the hash and garnish with the mango, red pepper, jicama, jalapeño, lime slice, and cilantro sprig.


early 17th century: from Mexican Spanish jícama, from Nahuatl xicama.

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