The cassava plant from which tapioca is made.
tapioca definition by Webster's New World
- a starchy, granular substance prepared from the root of the cassava plant, used to make puddings, thicken soups, etc.
- pudding made from this substance
Origin: Portuguese and amp; Spanish ; from Tupí and amp; Guaraní typyoca ; from tipi, dregs plush ok, to squeeze out
tapioca definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Portuguese, from Tupi typióca : ty, juice + pyá, heart + oca, to remove.