- See under tapioca.
- 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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- 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 pearl 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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