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"Ñame" is a noun which is often translated as "yam", and "yuca" is a noun which is often translated as "cassava". Learn more about the difference between "ñame" and "yuca" below.
ñame(
nyah
-
meh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (botany)
a. yam
Esta es la plantación de ñames más grande de Colombia.This is the biggest yam plantation in Colombia.
2. (culinary)
a. yam
¿Te gusta el ñame frito en rodajas?Do you like fried yam slices?
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yuca(
yoo
-
kah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (vegetable)
a. cassava
La yuca es un alimento básico a través del mundo. Cassava is a staple food around the world.
b. manioc
Se usa la yuca para hacer perlas de tapioca en las bebidas de burbujas. Manioc is used for making tapioca pearls in bubble drinks.
c. yucca
Hubo una venta especial de yuca en el supermercado hoy. There was a special sale on yucca at the supermarket today.
2. (agriculture)
a. yucca
La yuca es nativa de las partes áridas de América. Yucca is native to arid parts of the Americas.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(falsehood)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
a. lie
Esteban siempre cuenta yucas a sus enemigos. Esteban is always telling lies to his enemies.
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