Sweet potato

Definition of Sweet potato

(Bot.) a climbing plant (Ipomœa Balatas) allied to the morning-glory. Its farinaceous tubers have a sweetish taste, and are used, when cooked, for food. It is probably a native of Brazil, but is cultivated extensively in the warmer parts of every continent, and even as far north as New Jersey. The name potato was applied to this plant before it was to the Solanum tuberosum, and this is the "potato" of the Southern United States.
(Bot.) See under Potato.

See also: Potato Sweet

Related Words

Ipomoea batatas, sweet potato vine, tuber
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