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Princeton's WordNet

  1. yamnoun

    edible tuber of any of several yams

  2. yam, yam plantnoun

    any of a number of tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea many having edible tuberous roots

  3. yamnoun

    sweet potato with deep orange flesh that remains moist when baked

  4. yamnoun

    edible tuberous root of various yam plants of the genus Dioscorea grown in the tropics world-wide for food


  1. yamnoun


  2. Etymology: From inhame and ñame, possibly from the nyami. The term was coined in 1657.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yamnoun

    a large, esculent, farinaceous tuber of various climbing plants of the genus Dioscorea; also, the plants themselves. Mostly natives of warm climates. The plants have netted-veined, petioled leaves, and pods with three broad wings. The commonest species is D. sativa, but several others are cultivated

  2. Etymology: [Pg. inhame, probably from some native name.]


  1. YAM

    YAM is a MIME-compliant e-mail client written for AmigaOS based computers. It supports multi-POP3, APOP, SMTP, TLSv1/SSLv3, multiple users, PGP, unlimited hierarchical folders, filters, a configurable GUI and an ARexx interface and many other features which are common for Mail User Agents today.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yam

    yam, n. a large root like the potato growing in tropical countries. [Port. inhame.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. yam

    The tubers of the Dioscorea sativa, and others; a valuable vegetable on long voyages. D. aculeata frequently produces tubers 3 feet long, and weighing 30 lbs. Also, the West India word for food; "Toko for yam," the negro's punishment--blows but no food.

Editors Contribution

  1. yamverb

    To eat (something, especially food) really fast; devour.

    I'm yamming all the food in the house.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on July 21, 2022  

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  1. YAM

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. YAM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Yam is ranked #16041 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Yam surname appeared 1,808 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Yam.

    81.7% or 1,478 total occurrences were Asian.
    9.5% or 173 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5.2% or 95 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 46 total occurrences were of two or more races.

Anagrams for yam »

  1. amy

  2. mya

  3. may

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yam in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of yam in a Sentence

  1. Graffito, reported by Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 1980:

    Cogito ergo spud. - I think, therefore I yam

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