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Batata is the word for sweet potato (Latin: Ipomoea batatas) in many languages (e.g. Spanish, Italian, Hebrew and others), apparently from the Taíno batata (see Sweet potato → Names).

Batata is the word for potato (Latin: Solanum tuberosum; only distantly related to sweet potato) in some languages, e.g. Portuguese, Marathi, some Arabic variants and others. The English word "potato" itself is derived from the Taíno batata, borrowed via Spanish patata.[1]

Additionally, batata may refer to:

Related to yams (Ipomoea batatas)

Related to potato (Solanum tuberosum)


  1. ^ Microsoft Encarta Dictionary, 2004 edition.