ta·ro (tärō, tărō)
n. pl. ta·ros
1. A widely cultivated tropical Asian aroid plant (Colocasia esculenta) having broad peltate leaves and large starchy edible corms.
2. The corm of this plant. In both senses also called cocoyam.
[From Tahitian and Maori taro, from Proto-Polynesian *talo, from Proto-Oceanic *talos; akin to Javanese tales, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *tales, probably ultimately of Austroasiatic origin; compare Khmer trav and Mon krao (both from Proto-Mon-Khmer *trawʔ) and Santali saru.]
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