man-of-the-earth [man-uh v-th ee-urth, -urth] Word Origin noun, plural men-of-the-earth, man-of-the-earths.

  1. a morning glory, Ipomoea pandurata, of eastern North America, having white flowers and a very large, tuberous root.

Origin of man-of-the-earth An Americanism dating back to 1825–35 Also called manroot, wild potato, wild sweet potato.

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