One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various African plants with edible starchy tubers, as yam and cassava.
2A perennial plant, Hypoxis hemerocallidea (family Hypoxidaceae), native to South Africa, with yellow flowers, strap-like leaves, and a root which is used in herbal medicine, especially in the treatment of disorders of the immune system.
Mid 19th century.
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