Definitions for jicamaˈhi kə mə, ˈhɪk ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ji•ca•maˈhi kə mə, ˈhɪk ə-(n.)(pl.)-mas.

  1. the large tuberous root of a tropical American twining plant, Exogonium bracteotum, of the legume family, eaten raw or cooked.

    Category: Plants, Cooking

  2. the plant itself.

    Category: Plants

Origin of jicama:

1900–05; < MexSp jícama < Nahuatl xīcama, xīcamatl


  1. jicama(Noun)

    The edible root of the yam bean, , used in salads in Central America.

  2. Origin: From Mexican jícama, from xicama.


  1. Jícama

    Pachyrhizus erosus, commonly known as Jícama, Mexican Yam, or Mexican Turnip, is the name of a native Mexican vine, although the name most commonly refers to the plant's edible tuberous root. Jícama is a species in the genus Pachyrhizus in the bean family. Plants in this genus are commonly referred to as yam bean, although the term "yam bean" can be another name for jícama. The other major species of yam beans are also indigenous within the Americas.

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