from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See cassava.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The tropical plant, Manihot esculenta, from which cassava and tapioca are prepared.
  • n. Cassava root, eaten as a food.
  • n. A food starch prepared from the root.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The tropical plants (Manihot utilissima, and Manihot Aipi), from which cassava and tapioca are prepared; also, cassava.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cassava-plant or its product.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leaching; source of tapioca
  • 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 with long tuberous edible roots and soft brittle stems; used especially to make cassiri (an intoxicating drink) and tapioca


French, from Tupi mandioca, manioca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French manioc and Spanish mandioca, ultimately from Old Tupi manioka. (Wiktionary)


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