Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott - taro, elephant-ear, eddoe - native to southern China, the Indian subcontinent, Indochina, Sumatra; naturalized in other parts of Asia as well as Africa, southern Europe, South America, Central America, the West Indies, the southeastern United States, and many oceanic islands including Hawaii
Colocasia noun Col· o· ca· sia ˌkäləˈkāzh (ē)ə : a small genus of Asian and Polynesian tuberous-rooted aroids having the spadix terminated by a club-shaped or subulate appendage see taro Word History Etymology New Latin, from Latin, East Indian lotus, from Greek kolokasia, kolokasion, literally, root of the East Indian lotus Love words?
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Borrowed from Latin colocasia.
colocasia (uncountable) 1. (uncommon) Taro; eddo.quotations ▼ 1.1. 1913, Paul Popenoe, Date Growing in the Old World and the New, page 303: 1.1.1. He says: "The manner of operating is to plant a colocasiaroot in a place constantly exposed to the sun, where one can water it abundantly and continuously and protect it from wind." 1.2. 2002, Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski, The Natural History of Pompeii: 1.2.1. Dioscorides (2.128) gives a good description of the sacred lotus, which he calls the...
colocasia f (plural colocasie) 1. taro, elephant ears (plant of genus Colocasia)
From Ancient Greek κολοκασία (kolokasía), κολοκάσιον. Of uncertain Asiatic origin shared with Mishnaic Hebrew קולקס, קרקס (“taro”) and Arabic قُلْقَاس (qulqās, “taro”).
1. (Classical) IPA(key): /ko.loˈkaː.si.a/, [kɔɫ̪ɔˈkäːs̠iä] 2. (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ko.loˈka.si.a/, [koloˈkäːs̬iä]
Caladium antiquorum (Schott) André. Eddoe or eddo is a tropical vegetable often considered identifiable as the species Colocasia antiquorum,  closely related to taro (dasheen, Colocasia esculenta ), which is primarily used for its thickened stems ( corms ).   In most cultivars there is an acrid taste that requires careful cooking. 
Translingual: ·A taxonomic tribe within the family Araceae – elephant ears and their closest relatives
Noun 1. Colocasia - small genus of perennial tuberous herbs of tropical Asia: taro genus Colocasia liliopsid genus, monocot genus - genus of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed Araceae, arum family, family Araceae - anthurium; calla lily; jack-in-the-pulpit; philodendron