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Definition for pearl tapioca (2 of 2)
[ tap-ee-oh-kuh ]
/ ˌtæp iˈoʊ kə /
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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British Dictionary definitions for pearl tapioca
/ (ˌtæpɪˈəʊkə) /
a beadlike starch obtained from cassava root, used in cooking as a thickening agent, esp in puddings
Word Origin for tapioca
C18: via Portuguese from Tupi tipioca pressed-out juice, from tipi residue + ok to squeeze out
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