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(64 ACROSS) NOUN taro 1. Native to the Pacific Islands of Southeast Asia, a perennial herb grown for its edible root and as an ornamental plant for its large glossy leaves, known as elephant ears. Synonyms: Colocasia esculenta, dalo, dasheen, poi. 2. The starchy edible root of the taro plant. Synonyms: cocoyam, dasheen, edda, eddo. (Poi is a Hawaiian dish made from taro root that has been pounded into a paste and is sometimes left to ferment.) [Word origin is Polynesian.]
(44 Down) VERB mediate 1. To intervene between two or more parties in order to resolve a conflict or reconcile differences by reaching agreement. Synonyms and similar words: arbitrate, facilitate, intercede, intermediate, liaise, negotiate, referee, umpire. Antonym: provoke. 2. To be between two others; occupy a middle position or form a connecting link between two people, things, or ideas. ADJECTIVE mediate 1. Dependent on an intermediary or an intermediate agency. Similar word: indirect. 2. In the middle of a series. [Derived from Latin medius "middle".]