tampala


tampala
\\tamˈpalə\ noun (-s)
Etymology: native name in India
: an annual potherb (Amaranthus tricolor) native to the Orient that is cultivated for its tender stems and for its often variegated leaves which resemble spinach in taste — see joseph's coat

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/tam pal"euh/, n.
a branching tropical plant, Amaranthus tricolor, of the amaranth family, cultivated in Asia as a green vegetable. Cf. Joseph's-coat.
[perh. < Sinhalese]

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