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  1. the juice of bitter cassava root, boiled down to a syrup and used as a flavoring for food, especially in West Indian cookery.

Origin of cassareep

1825–35; apocopated variant of earlier cassarepo < Carib
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Examples from the Web for cassareep

Historical Examples

  • Cassareep is the basis of that favourite West Indian dish “Pepper-pot.”

    Cakes &amp; Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • Then mix the powder, paste, chutnee, and cassareep into a thin paste with the lemon juice.

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    Edward Spencer

  • The concentrated juice of the bitter cassava, under the name of cassareep, forms the basis of the West India dish, "pepper pot."

  • The birds, soon ready for the pot, were in a few minutes boiling away among the "cassareep" and peppers.

British Dictionary definitions for cassareep


  1. the juice of the bitter cassava root, boiled down to a syrup and used as a flavouring, esp in West Indian cookery

Word Origin

C19: of Carib origin
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