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(in West Africa) either of two plants of the arum family with edible corms, i.e. taro (also old cocoyam) and tannia (also new cocoyam).
- ‘Forest crops, such as plantain, cassava, cocoyam, and tropical yams, predominate in the south.’
- ‘The staple foods of Equatorial Guinea are cocoyams, plantains, and rice.’
- ‘Over the last 30 years, this insect has evolved into a major pest threat in the Congo Basin for crops such as yam, cocoyam, and particularly cassava.’
- ‘If peoples in the Eastern Delta did not do much farming, how did they obtain the yams, cocoyams, plantains, cassava, fruits, and vegetables that were the basis of their diet?’
- ‘In the southern areas, the major staples are root crops such as cassava and cocoyams, and plantains and in the arid north, sorghum and millet.’
Early 20th century: probably from coco (sense 2)+ yam.
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