- a food substance prepared from cassava in granular, flake, pellet (pearl tapioca), or flour form, used in puddings, as a thickener, etc.
Origin of tapioca
1605–15; < Portuguese < Tupi tipioca literally, juice (of cassava) squeezed out, i.e., pulp after squeezing
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Examples from the Web for tapioca
Quite a few of these loafs use potato starch and tapioca starch in attempts to produce a lighter, fluffier product.How to Buy Gluten-Free Without Getting Duped
April 12, 2014
When it boils, sprinkle in the tapioca; stir, and boil for about fifteen minutes.The Skilful Cook
Wash two good spoonfuls of the large sort of tapioca in cold water, and then soak it in a pint and a half of water for four hours.
Go to sleep, Juggins, old man, the tapioca has gone to your head.In Court and Kampong
The staff had mutton hash and spinach, with tapioca pudding for dessert.Dear Enemy
This substance is tapioca, so largely used in puddings at home.A Voyage round the World
- a beadlike starch obtained from cassava root, used in cooking as a thickening agent, esp in puddings
C18: via Portuguese from Tupi tipioca pressed-out juice, from tipi residue + ok to squeeze out
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Word Origin and History for tapioca
1640s, from Portuguese or Spanish tapioca, from Tupi (Brazil) tipioca, from tipi "residue, dregs" + og, ok "to squeeze out" (from roots of the cassava plant).
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