Definition of cocoyam in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊkəʊjam/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


(In West Africa) either of two plants of the arum family with edible corms, i.e. taro (also old cocoyam) and tannia (also new cocoyam).
Example sentences
  • The staple foods of Equatorial Guinea are cocoyams, plantains, and rice.
  • Forest crops, such as plantain, cassava, cocoyam, and tropical yams, predominate in the south.
  • If peoples in the Eastern Delta did not do much farming, how did they obtain the yams, cocoyams, plantains, cassava, fruits, and vegetables that were the basis of their diet?


Early 20th century: probably from coco (sense 2) + yam1.

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