Definition of tannia in English:


Line breaks: tan¦nia
Pronunciation: /ˈtanɪə/

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(also tania)


1A tall Caribbean plant of the arum family, cultivated in the tropics for its edible pear-shaped tubers and large arrow-shaped leaves. Also called malanga.
  • Xanthosoma sagittifolium, family Araceae
1.1A tuber of the tannia.
1.2 [mass noun] The leaves or tubers of the tannia eaten as food.


mid 18th century: from Carib taya, Tupi taña.

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