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From Portuguese cassave, form Taino caçabi.
Ultimately from Taíno casavi flour from manioc
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
The cassava (manioca) and indigo plants are indigenous.
The crops cultivated are rice, of an excellent quality, cassava, maize and ginger.
The first named, which is poisonous in its native state, is the cassava of Spanish America.
It is closely related to the Manioc, cassava or tapioca plant (Manihot utilissima) which it resembles when young and exhibits a similar tuberous root system.
Yuca (Manihot utilissima), known as cassava in the West Indies and mandioca in Brazil, is also widely cultivated for food and for the manufacture of starch.
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