Definitions for ocaˈoʊ kə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•caˈoʊ kə(n.)(pl.)o•cas or o•kas.

or o•ka 1 2

  1. a wood sorrel, Oxalis tuberosa, of the Andes, cultivated in South America for its edible tubers.

    Category: Botany, Plants

  2. a tuber of this plant.

    Category: Botany, Plants

Origin of oca:

1595–1605; < Sp < Quechua oqa

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oca, oka, Oxalis tuberosa, Oxalis crenata(noun)

    South American wood sorrel cultivated for its edible tubers


  1. oca(Noun)

    A Peruvian name for certain species of Oxalis (O. crenata, and O. tuberosa) which bear edible tubers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Oca(noun)

    a Peruvian name for certain species of Oxalis (O. crenata, and O. tuberosa) which bear edible tubers


  1. Oxalis tuberosa

    Oxalis tuberosa is a perennial herbaceous plant that overwinters as underground stem tubers. These tubers are known as uqa in Quechua, hispanicized oca, as New Zealand yam and a number of other alternative names. The plant was brought into cultivation in the central and southern Andes for its tubers, which are used as a root vegetable. The plant is not known in the wild, but populations of wild Oxalis species that bear smaller tubers are known from four areas of the central Andean region. Oca was introduced to Europe in 1830 as a competitor to the potato, and to New Zealand as early as 1860. In New Zealand, oca has become a popular table vegetable and is simply called yam or New Zealand yam. It is now available in a range of colours, including yellow, orange, pink, apricot, and the traditional red

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a web-footed animal like a duck, but larger

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