from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See edible canna.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Canna edulis, a variety of arrowroot: the canna lily, the seeds of which yield a purple dye.
  • n. The edible rhizome of this plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name on the western coast of South America of the Canna edulis, whose large tuberous roots are used for food, and yield tous-lesmois, a superior large-grained kind of arrowroot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. canna grown especially for its edible rootstock from which arrowroot starch is obtained


New Latin achīra : a-1 + Greek kheir, hand.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Quechua achira. (Wiktionary)



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