any of several tropical American plants belonging to the genus Manihot, of the spurge family, as M. esculenta(bitter cassava ) and M. dulcis(sweet cassava ), cultivated for their tuberous roots, which yield important food products.
a nutritious starch from the roots, the source of tapioca.
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How to use cassava in a sentence
Starchy, versatile, and nearly indestructible in the wild, cassava is one of the world’s most important tubersIn this country, the question of how to round out a meal of meat and vegetables with a starch usually leads straight to the potato.
A lack of awareness is undoubtedly a factor, but cassava also finds itself the target of misinformation and even controversy.
While cassava has recently become more visible in this country as an ingredient in health-conscious snacks and plant-based food products, it hasn’t quite found its way onto the average American’s dinner table.
This year, he expects to incorporate different products — cassava from Brazil and small, sweet peanuts from Equador — and add more dishes from his homeland.El Secreto de Rosita seasons its pan-Latin menu with charms galore | Tom Sietsema | October 8, 2021 | Washington Post
You can walk through recumbent, tin-roofed villages pursued by retinues of uproarious children, then up the sides of extinct craters whose inner slopes have been intensively cultivated so that their bowls overflow with coffee and cassava.In East Africa, mountain gorillas and a new paradigm for wildlife travel | Henry Wismayer | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
A quick turn at a small stand of banana palms and cassava plants led us to a clearing and, then, back centuries.
When a friend had potato greens for lunch, I traded her some of my cassava leaves.
Sometimes the attacks happen on their way to and from the market or their cassava fields.Congo Rape Crisis: Study Reveals Shocking New Numbers | Danielle Shapiro | May 11, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then, a fresh lot of cassava having been procured for the Indians, the journey was resumed.The Devil-Tree of El Dorado | Frank Aubrey
It happened to be a season of exceptional drought, and cassava, and food of all kinds, were extremely scarce.The Devil-Tree of El Dorado | Frank Aubrey
When a man of note dies his relations plant a field of cassava; just as the Nicobar Islanders plant a cocoa-nut tree.The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies | Robert Gordon Latham
They gave him some cassava bread and boiled fish, which he ate voraciously, and soon after left the hut.Wanderings in South America | Charles Waterton
It is the root of a shrub called Cassada, or cassava Jatropha, and in its crude state is highly poisonous.The Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay | Arthur Phillip
British Dictionary definitions for cassava
Also called: manioc any tropical euphorbiaceous plant of the genus Manihot, esp the widely cultivated American species M. esculenta (or utilissima) (bitter cassava) and M. dulcis (sweet cassava)
a starch derived from the root of this plant: an important food in the tropics and a source of tapioca
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