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tapioca

[ tap-ee-oh-kuh ]
/ ˌtæp iˈoʊ kə /
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noun

a food substance prepared from cassava in granular, flake, pellet (pearl tapioca ), or flour form, used in puddings, as a thickener, etc.

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Origin of tapioca

1605–15; <Portuguese <Tupi tipioca literally, juice (of cassava) squeezed out, i.e., pulp after squeezing
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tapioca
/ (ˌtæpɪˈəʊkə) /

noun

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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