Definitions for tapiocaˌtæp iˈoʊ kə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tap•i•o•caˌtæp iˈoʊ kə(n.)

  1. a cassava preparation, usu. in granular or pellet

    Category: Cooking

    Ref: ( pearl tapioca )

Origin of tapioca:

1605–15; < Pg < Tupi tipioca lit., juice (of cassava) squeezed out, i.e., pulp after squeezing

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tapioca(noun)

    granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings

Wiktionary

  1. tapioca(Noun)

    A starchy food made from the cassava plant used in puddings.

  2. Origin: From tapioca.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tapioca(noun)

    a coarsely granular substance obtained by heating, and thus partly changing, the moistened starch obtained from the roots of the cassava. It is much used in puddings and as a thickening for soups. See Cassava

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  1. Tapioca

    Tapioca is a starch extracted from Manioc. This species is native to the Northeast of Brazil but spread throughout the South American continent. The plant was spread by Portuguese and Spanish explorers to most of the West Indies, Africa and Asia, including the Philippines and Taiwan, being now cultivated worldwide. In Brazil, the plant is named "mandioca", while its starch is called "tapioca". The name tapioca is derived from the word tipi'óka, the name for this starch in the Tupí language, which was spoken by the natives when the Portuguese first arrived in the Northeast of Brazil. This Tupí word refers to the process by which the starch is made edible. However, as the word moved out of Brazil it came to refer to similar preparations made with other esculents. In the Philippines, tapioca is usually confused with sago, as the sap of the sago palm is often part of its preparation. In India, the term "tapioca" is used to represent the root of the plant, rather than the starch. In Vietnam, it is called bột năng. In Indonesia, it is called singkong. In Malaysia it is called "Ubi Kayu". In Britain, the word tapioca often refers to a milk pudding thickened with arrowroot.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tapioca(noun)

a type of food obtained from the underground part of the cassava plant.

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