Tapioca definition

tăpē-ōkə
A starchy, granular substance prepared from the root of the cassava plant, used to make puddings, thicken soups, etc.
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A starch made from cassava roots, usually processed as beads or flakes and used for puddings and as a thickening agent in cooking.
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Pudding made from this substance.
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A starchy food made from the cassava plant used in puddings.
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A dish, especially a pudding, made from this starch.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tapioca
Plural:
tapiocas

Origin of tapioca

  • Portuguese from Tupí typióca ty juice pyá heart oca to remove

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Portuguese tapioca, from Tupian/Old Tupi tipi'óka, tipioca (“that which is squeezed out of cassava").

    From Wiktionary