Cassava meaning

kə-sä'və
This root or a starch extracted from it, used in making bread and tapioca.
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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.
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A shrubby tropical American plant (Manihot esculenta) widely grown for its large, tuberous, starchy roots.
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Any of several tropical American plants, shrubs, and trees (genus Manihot, esp. M. esculenta) of the spurge family, having edible, starchy roots.
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Manioc, the source of tapioca, Manihot esculenta.
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Tapioca, a starchy pulp made with the roots of this tropical plant.
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Origin of cassava

  • Ultimately from Taíno casavi flour from manioc
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Portuguese cassave, form Taino caçabi.
    From Wiktionary