Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, a root vegetable most commonly known as taro (/ /,), kalo, dasheen, madhumbe, marope, magogoya, patra or godere (see §Names and etymology for an extensive list). It is the most widely cultivated species of several plants in the family Araceae that are used as vegetables for their corms, leaves, and petioles. Taro corms are a food staple in African, Oceanic, and South Asian cultures (similar to yams), and taro is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants.
Borrowed from Maori taro. Doublet of kalo, from Hawaiian.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtæɹəʊ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtɛɹoʊ/, /ˈtɑɹoʊ/
- Rhymes: -æɹəʊ
- Homophone: tarot
taro (usually uncountable, plural taros)
- Colocasia esculenta, raised as a food primarily for its corm, which distantly resembles potato.
- Synonyms: colocasia, elephant ears
- Any of several other species with similar corms and growth habit in Colocasia, Alocasia