cassava

[ kuh-sah-vuh ]
/ kəˈsɑ və /

noun

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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Origin of cassava

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cassava

cassava , sweet potato, yam
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British Dictionary definitions for cassava

cassava
/ (kəˈsɑːvə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for cassava

C16: from Spanish cazabe cassava bread, from Taino caçábi
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