- Historical any of various roots and tubers, as of arum species, used as food by Algonquian peoples of Virginia
- a brown, massive, underground, basidiomycetous fungus (Poria cocos) producing an edible, carbohydrate substance
Origin of tuckahoeVirginia Algonquian tockawhoughe, type of arum root
- Any of various plants or plant parts used by certain Native American peoples as food, especially the edible root of certain arums or the sclerotium of certain fungi.
- See arrow arum.
Origin of tuckahoeOf Virginia Algonquian origin
- Any edible root of a plant used by Native Americans of colonial-era Virginia
- The wild potato, the arrow arum, Peltandra virginica.
- 1963, Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker, The Old South: the founding of American civilization, page 213:
- The poor Tuckahoe, however, when he purchased land in Washington County, or the Shenandoah, or in Rowan, seems to have left behind him, not only his worn-out fields and his tumbledown house, but his wasteful methods
- The sclerotium of the wood-decay fungus Wolfiporia extensa, used by Native Americans and the Chinese as food and as a herbal medicine.
From Powhatan tockawhoughe. The "person" sense implies that such a person was so poor as to be reduced to eating the root.