cassava

[ kuh-sah-vuh ]

noun
  1. 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.

  2. a nutritious starch from the roots, the source of tapioca.

Origin of cassava

1
First recorded in 1545–55; from Spanish cazabe “cassava bread or meal,” from Taíno caçábi

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cassava

/ (kəˈsɑːvə) /


noun
  1. 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)

  2. a starch derived from the root of this plant: an important food in the tropics and a source of tapioca

Origin of cassava

1
C16: from Spanish cazabe cassava bread, from Taino caçábi

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