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plural taros

Definition of taro 

: a large-leaved tropical Asian plant (Colocasia esculenta) of the arum family grown throughout the tropics for its edible starchy corms and cormels and in temperate regions for ornament also : its corms and cormels typically cooked as a vegetable or ground into flour

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First Known Use of taro

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taro

Tahitian & Maori

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The first known use of taro was in 1769

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English Language Learners Definition of taro

: a tropical plant with a thick root that can be boiled and eaten

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