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|part of speech:
||the edible starchy, tuberous root of a tropical climbing plant, or the plant itself.
||any of various large, orange-fleshed varieties of sweet potato.
comes from nyam
, a West African word that means "to eat." Yams are a staple in the diet of many African people, and during difficult times may be the only thing there is to eat.