from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A shrubby tropical American plant (Manihot esculenta) widely grown for its large, tuberous, starchy roots.
- n. The root of this plant, eaten as a staple food in the tropics only after leaching and drying to remove cyanide. Cassava starch is also the source of tapioca.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. manioc, the source of tapioca, Manihot esculenta.
- n. Tapioca, a starchy pulp made with the roots of this tropical plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A shrubby euphorbiaceous plant of the genus Manihot, with fleshy rootstocks yielding an edible starch; -- called also manioc.
- n. A nutritious starch obtained from the rootstocks of the cassava plant, used as food and in making tapioca.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of several species of Manihot, a euphorbiaceous genus of stout herbs, extensively cultivated for food in tropical America and on the coast of Africa, from the tuberous roots of which cassava-bread, cassava-starch, and tapioca are made.
- n. The starch prepared from the roots of the cassava-plant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a starch made by leaching and drying the root of the cassava plant; the source of tapioca; a staple food in the tropics
- n. cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leaching; source of tapioca
- n. any of several plants of the genus Manihot having fleshy roots yielding a nutritious starch
Ultimately from Taino casavi, flour from manioc.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese cassave, form Taino caçabi. (Wiktionary)