Chinese yam, a plant (Dioscorea Batatas) with a long and slender tuber, hardier than most of the other species.Wild yam. (a) A common plant (Dioscorea villosa) of the Eastern United States, having a hard and knotty rootstock. (b) An orchidaceous plant (Gastrodia sesamoides) of Australia and Tasmania.

(||Ya"ma) n. [Skr. yama a twin.] (Hindoo Myth.) The king of the infernal regions, corresponding to the Greek Pluto, and also the judge of departed souls. In later times he is more exclusively considered the dire judge of all, and the tormentor of the wicked. He is represented as of a green color, with red garments, having a crown on his head, his eyes inflamed, and sitting on a buffalo, with a club and noose in his hands.

(Yam"ma) n. [See Llama.] (Zoöl.) The llama.

(Yamp) n. (Bot.) An umbelliferous plant (Carum Gairdneri); also, its small fleshy roots, which are eaten by the Indians from Idaho to California.

(Yang) n. [Of imitative origin.] The cry of the wild goose; a honk.

(Yang), v. i. To make the cry of the wild goose.

(Yank) n. [Cf. Scot. yank a sudden and severe blow.] A jerk or twitch. [Colloq. U. S.]

(Yank), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yanked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Yanking.] To twitch; to jerk. [Colloq. U. S.]

(Yank), n. An abbreviation of Yankee. [Slang]

(Yan"kee) n. [Commonly considered to be a corrupt pronunciation of the word English, or of the French word Anglais, by the native Indians of America. According to Thierry, a corruption of Jankin, a diminutive of John, and a nickname given to the English colonists of Connecticut by the Dutch settlers of New York. Dr. W. Gordon ("Hist. of the Amer. War," ed, 1789, vol. i., pp. 324, 325) says it was a favorite cant word in Cambridge, Mass., as early as 1713, and that it meant excellent; as, a yankee good horse, yankee good cider, etc. Cf. Scot yankie a sharp, clever, and rather bold woman, and Prov. E. bow-yankees a kind of leggins worn by agricultural laborers.] A nickname for a native or citizen of New England, especially one descended from old New England stock; by extension, an inhabitant of the Northern States as distinguished from a Southerner; also, applied sometimes by foreigners to any inhabitant of the United States.

From meanness first this Portsmouth Yankey rose,
And still to meanness all his conduct flows.
Oppression, A poem by an American

(Yan"kee), a. Of or pertaining to a Yankee; characteristic of the Yankees.

The alertness of the Yankee aspect.

Yankee clover. (Bot.) See Japan clover, under Japan.

(Yan`kee-Doo"dle) n.

1. The name of a tune adopted popularly as one of the national airs of the United States.

warm climates. The plants have netted-veined, petioled leaves, and pods with three broad wings. The commonest species is D. sativa, but several others are cultivated.

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