[man-ee-ok, mey-nee-]

Origin of manioc

1560–70; < Tupi man(d)ioca; replacing manihot < Middle French < Guarani man(d)io Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for manioc

Historical Examples of manioc

  • The roots of the yucca, or manioc plant, grow in bunches like potatoes.

  • In a single night they devastate a field of cotton, manioc, or sugar-cane.

    The Insect

    Jules Michelet

  • When her manioc pudding is taken from the fire it is snowy white.

  • It would make at least a tasty morsel for each, with their manioc bread.

    Fetichism in West Africa

    Robert Hamill Nassau

  • She was carrying a bundle of manioc root on her head, and walked gracefully.

British Dictionary definitions for manioc


manioca (ˌmænɪˈəʊkə)

  1. another name for cassava (def. 1)

Word Origin for manioc

C16: from Tupi mandioca; earlier form manihot from French, from Guarani mandio
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Word Origin and History for manioc

1560s, from Tupi manioch, mandioca, name for the root of the cassava plant.

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