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kəˈsɑ vəcas·sa·va

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cassava, cassava starch, manioc, manioca(noun)

    a starch made by leaching and drying the root of the cassava plant; the source of tapioca; a staple food in the tropics

  2. cassava, manioc(noun)

    cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leaching; source of tapioca

  3. cassava, casava(noun)

    any of several plants of the genus Manihot having fleshy roots yielding a nutritious starch


  1. cassava(Noun)

    manioc, the source of tapioca, Manihot esculenta.

  2. cassava(Noun)

    Tapioca, a starchy pulp made with the roots of this tropical plant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cassava(noun)

    a shrubby euphorbiaceous plant of the genus Manihot, with fleshy rootstocks yielding an edible starch; -- called also manioc

  2. Cassava(noun)

    a nutritious starch obtained from the rootstocks of the cassava plant, used as food and in making tapioca

  3. Origin: [F. cassave, Sp. cazabe, fr. kasabi, in the language of Haiti.]


  1. Cassava

    Cassava, also called manioc, yuca, balinghoy, mogo, mandioca, kamoteng kahoy, and manioc root, a woody shrub of the Euphorbiaceae native to South America, is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy, tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrates. It differs from the similarly spelled yucca, an unrelated fruit-bearing shrub in the Asparagaceae family. Cassava, when dried to a starchy, powdery extract is called tapioca; its fermented, flaky version is named garri. Cassava is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the world. Cassava is a major staple food in the developing world, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. It is one of the most drought-tolerant crops, capable of growing on marginal soils. Nigeria is the world's largest producer of cassava. Cassava root is a good source of carbohydrates, but a poor source of protein. A predominantly cassava root diet can cause protein-energy malnutrition. Cassava is classified as sweet or bitter. Like other roots and tubers, cassava contains antinutritional factors and toxins. It must be properly prepared before consumption. Improper preparation of cassava can leave enough residual cyanide to cause acute cyanide intoxication and goiters, and may even cause ataxia or partial paralysis. Nevertheless, farmers often prefer the bitter varieties because they deter pests, animals, and thieves. The more-toxic varieties of cassava are a fall-back resource in times of famine in some places.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cassava

    kas-sä′va, n. the West Indian name of the manioc, and the starch produced from it, called Brazilian Arrowroot, or Tapioca.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cassava

    A species of the genus Jatropha janipha, well known to seamen as the cassava bread of the West Indies. Tapioca is produced from the Jatropha manihot. Caution is necessary in the use of these roots, as the juice is poisonous. The root used as chewsticks, to cleanse the teeth and gums, by the negroes, produces a copious flow of frothy saliva.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cassava in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cassava in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of cassava in a Sentence

  1. Lisa Ovifa:

    The soil is very hard and we have tried irrigating it with river water, but it has not helped, so we are surviving on bananas and cassava.

  2. Adeline Tahiriaza:

    Before we only planted cassava the traditional way, now we know how to use other seeds, and take care of the land.

  3. Clair Hershey:

    More than 200 million people rely on cassava as a basic food crop.

  4. Patrice Talla Takoukam:

    What we're looking for is not to change the habit of the population, knowing that in the south they are used to eating maize and cassava, we don't want to add another challenge to the ones they are already facing.

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