Definition of taro in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːrəʊ/
Pronunciation: /ˈtarəʊ/


[mass noun]
1A tropical Asian plant of the arum family which has edible starchy corms and edible fleshy leaves, especially a variety with a large central corm grown as a staple in the Pacific. Also called dasheen, cocoyam. Compare with eddo.
  • Colocasia esculenta (variety esculenta) , family Araceae.
Example sentences
  • In the early part of the 1800s, the area was extensively planted with maize, potatoes, kumara, taro, calabashes, melons and pumpkins.
  • Land was divided into slices running from the mountains to the sea, within which commoners hunted pigs in the forests; grew taro, a major food source, in irrigated terraces; and constructed coastal fish ponds.
  • In Tuvalu, farmers once dug pits in the sandy soil, filled them with compost and planted taro, but now in low-lying areas, increasingly brackish water is poisoning these root crops.
1.1The corm of the taro.
Example sentences
  • In W. Africa, where both taro and malanga are staple foods, next in importance only to cassava and yams, they are known as ‘old’ and ‘new cocoyam’.
  • In rural areas, people provide much of their own food through fishing, animal husbandry, and gardening of indigenous staple foods such as taro, breadfruit, sweet potatoes, and manioc.
  • Calaloo (a green, leafy vegetable that is served cooked) is sometimes combined with taro, dasheen, or tania leaves, okra, pumpkin, and crab to make a dish called calaloo and crab.


Mid 18th century: of Polynesian origin.

Words that rhyme with taro

arrow, barrow, farrow, harrow, Jarrow, marrow, narrow, sparrow, tarot, Varro, yarrow

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