from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A South American plant (Solanum tuberosum) widely cultivated for its starchy edible tubers.
- n. A tuber of this plant.
- n. A sweet potato. See Regional Note at possum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant tuber, Solanum tuberosum, eaten as a starchy vegetable, particularly in the Americas and Europe
- n. A conspicuous hole in a sock or stocking
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant (Solanum tuberosum) of the Nightshade family, and its esculent farinaceous tuber, of which there are numerous varieties used for food. It is native of South America, but a form of the species is found native as far north as New Mexico.
- n. The sweet potato (see below).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sweet potato. See below.
- n. One of the esculent tubers of the common plant Solanum tuberosum, or the plant itself.
- n. The liliaceous genus Calochortus: so called from its bulb or corm.
- n. In Bengal, the yam.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous
- n. an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland
Spanish patata, alteration (probably influenced by Quechua papa, white potato) of Taino batata, sweet potato.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Taino batata ("sweet potato"), via Spanish patata. Not from a hypothetical Nahuatl word *potatl. (Wiktionary)