Definition of sweet potato in US English:

sweet potato


  • 1An edible tropical tuber with pinkish orange, slightly sweet flesh.

    • ‘The country has long been known for vegetables and fruits, including avocados, radishes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, beets, onions, and tomatoes.’
    • ‘But to eradicate malnutrition, we grow maize, beans, soya beans, sweet potatoes, cassava, pumpkins and many others.’
    • ‘Each tray contains two flavours, such as apple and pear or sweet potato and courgette, for a choice of colours and textures.’
    • ‘The designer had the free range chicken stuffed with sweet potatoes and chèvre, wild rice, sautéd spinach roast pepper and tomato dressing at £14.’
    • ‘While there isn't any cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie to be had, there is plenty of brandy, gin, and wine on hand.’
    • ‘Cut the sweet potato, parsnip and broccoli into bite-sized chunks and add to the curry with the shallots and lemongrass.’
    • ‘Soju is an ancient Korean and Japanese liquor distilled from rice, barley and sweet potatoes, with a light, crisp taste and mouth feel similar to vodka.’
    • ‘I had pan-fried duck, black pudding and rosemary boudin with slivers of venison saddle, roast sweet potato and hoi sin sauce.’
    • ‘Heat-loving crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, sweet potatoes, okra and New Zealand spinach will continue to produce until frost.’
    • ‘It may contain veal, beef, or lamb, sliced calf's foot, chickpeas or beans, potatoes or sweet potatoes, green vegetables such as spinach, and always hard-boiled eggs.’
    • ‘Opt for complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and brown rice over simpler ones like those found in sweets, and don't forget your fats.’
    • ‘Oatmeal, along with sweet potatoes, wheat breads, rice and corn, is a complex carb, also known as a starch.’
    • ‘This is one of the tastier winter squashes, with creamy pulp that tastes a bit like sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘Roasted rabbit, boiled sweet potato and baked pies with vegetable filling are local specialties.’
    • ‘Common vegetables are cabbage, beans, mushrooms, carrots, cassava, sweet potatoes, onions, and various types of greens.’
    • ‘I ate slices of potato hash, four portions of Jerseys and 10 sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘About an hour and a half before I train, I have a meal that contains fish, chicken or a shake, a sweet potato or brown rice, and asparagus or broccoli.’
    • ‘On the Agricultural Research Council fields outside Huambo varieties of sweet potatoes, maize, potatoes, soy beans and peanuts are being planted.’
    • ‘Arrange the sweet potatoes, onions and peppers in a roasting pan and drizzle with the oil, vinegar and salt and pepper.’
    • ‘On top I use sweet potato rather than white potato, as it's packed with B vitamins.’
  • 2The Central American climbing plant that yields the sweet potato, widely cultivated in warm countries.

    Ipomoea batatas, family Convolvulaceae

    • ‘Pineapples, sweet potatoes, beans, cassava, rice, groundnuts and maize are among the main crops.’
    • ‘They grow maize, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes and also rear domesticated animals like goats, pigs and chicken.’
    • ‘Ms Musonda said her organisation had embarked on a programme to encourage farmers plant cassava, millet, and sweet potatoes as these were drought resistant crops.’
    • ‘Even new technologies have, in a sense, merely allowed anthropology to intensify its traditional practices, like New Guinea Highlands cultivation of the sweet potato.’
    • ‘Sorghum, beans, and sweet potatoes were also cultivated.’
    • ‘Some of her favorite plants for container use include heather, scaevola, sweet potato vine and coleus.’
    • ‘In rural areas, people provide much of their own food through fishing, animal husbandry, and gardening of indigenous staple foods such as taro, breadfruit, sweet potatoes, and manioc.’
    • ‘They grow several staple crops, including manioc root, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, peanuts, and plantains.’
    • ‘The coast offers good harbours and the coastal plains are fertile, yielding sugarcane, sweet potatoes, and maize.’
    • ‘After middle May the sweet potato plants are in line for setting out.’
    • ‘Most of them had spent their entire lives cultivating sorghum and sweet potatoes on the steep mountain slopes of Kibungo Prefecture in eastern Rwanda.’
    • ‘This 4-foot grass is attractive with sun coleus, pink gomphrena, orange Mexican zinnias and lime-green ornamental sweet potato.’
    • ‘The Sukuma live outside the Pimbwe villages in extended households and often cultivate large amounts of maize, sweet potatoes, millet, and rice.’
    • ‘This is far removed from 1992 when the family produced sweet potatoes and maize crop, and reared goats.’
    • ‘The increase in cultivation of maize and sweet potatoes was also significant.’
    • ‘Each woman had her own plots of land where she cultivated crops such as sweet potatoes, millet, maize, and beans.’
    • ‘When planting a tall container, consider vining plants, like ornamental sweet potato or setcresia.’
    • ‘They planted cabbages, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkin and carrots that are currently being harvested.’
    • ‘Yucca, plantain, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and sugarcane are grown, as well as medicinal herbs.’
    • ‘Bananas, cassava, coconuts, and sweet potatoes are all grown and sold locally.’
  • 3informal

    another term for ocarina


sweet potato

/ˈswēt pəˌtādō//ˈswit pəˌteɪdoʊ/