- any of several tropical American plants, shrubs, and trees (genus Manihot, esp. M. esculenta) of the spurge family, having edible, starchy roots
- this root or a starch extracted from it, used in making bread and tapioca
Origin of cassavaFrench cassave from Spanish cazabe from Taino casávi, cazábbi
- A shrubby tropical American plant (Manihot esculenta) widely grown for its large, tuberous, starchy roots.
- The root of this plant, eaten as a staple food in the tropics only after leaching and drying to remove cyanide. Cassava starch is also the source of tapioca. Also called In both senses also called manioc . Also called yuca .
Origin of cassavaUltimately from Taíno casavi flour from manioc
cassava plant (top) and root (bottom)