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Is a yam the same thing as a sweet potato?

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sweet potato

sweet potato, commonly called a yam in parts of the United States, a crop plant whose large, starchy, sweet tasting tuberous roots are an important root vegetable

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  • a sweet potato, commonly called a yam in parts of the United States, a crop plant whose large, starchy, sweet tasting tuberous roots are an important root vegetable

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