1. A North American sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus) having yellow, rayed flower heads and edible tubers.
2. The tuber of this plant. Also called sunchoke; In both senses also called girasol.
[By folk etymology from Italian girasole, sunflower; see GIRASOL.]
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