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20:33 Apr 22, 2008
Spanish to English translations [PRO] Agriculture / Plants, fruits and vegetables
Spanish term or phrase:JICAMA
JICAMA, is the popular root eaten with salt and chili, very popular in México; is there a specific word in English?
Jícama (Spanish: hee-kah-mah, from Nahuatl xicamatl hee-kah-mahtl), also Mexican Potato and Mexican Turnip, is the name of a native Mexican and Central American vine, although the name most commonly refers to the plant's edible tuberous root. Jicama is one species in the genus Pachyrhizus that is commonly called yam bean, although the "yam bean" sometimes is another name for Jicama. The other, major species of yam beans are indigenous to other parts of the Americas.
Sheila Hardie Spain Local time: 03:37 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 62
4 mins confidence: peer agreement (net): +8
Explanation: My mother (in the US) used to eat jicama when she was dieting - and she was no Spanish linguist!
Laurel Clausen United States Local time: 20:37 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 4