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madumbi, noun

Forms:
idumbi, madombeShow more singular idumbi, madombe, madumbi; singular and plural amadumbe, amadumbi; plural amadoombies, amadumbies, amadumbis, madombes, madumbe, madumbes, madumbies.
Plurals:
usually madumbies.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Zulu amadumbe (singular idumbe, ilidumbe). For explanations of singular and plural usages, see ama- and ma- prefix3.
The edible root of the plants Colocasia esculenta and C. antiquorum of the Araceae, similar to the sweet-potato. Also attributive.
Note:
Introduced from the East Indies, the plant is cultivated mainly in KwaZulu-Natal.
1851 R.J. Garden Diary. I. (Killie Campbell Africana Library MS29081) 30 JuneFor dinner yesterday we had some amadumbe, a kind of succelent [sic], they require a great deal of boiling.
1990 H. Hutchings in Weekend Post 26 May (Leisure) 7I had some difficulty in finding out what exactly madombes were, except..that they were a highly nutritious form of food.
The edible root of the plants Colocasia esculenta and C. antiquorum of the Araceae, similar to the sweet-potato. Also attributive.

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