[ sey-goh ]
/ ˈseɪ goʊ /


a starchy foodstuff derived from the soft interior of the trunk of various palms and cycads, used in making puddings.

Origin of sago

1545–55; earlier sagu < Malay Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sago


/ (ˈseɪɡəʊ) /


a starchy cereal obtained from the powdered pith of a sago palm, used for puddings and as a thickening agent

Word Origin for sago

C16: from Malay sāgū
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Word Origin and History for sago



"starch made of the piths of palms," 1570s, via Portuguese and Dutch from Malay sagu, the name of the palm tree from which it is obtained (attested in English in this sense from 1550s). Cf. French sagou, Spanish sagu, German Sago.

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