from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A powdery starch obtained from the trunks of certain sago palms and used in Asia as a food thickener and textile stiffener.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A powdered starch obtained from certain palms used as a food thickener.
- n. Any of the palms from which sago is extracted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dry granulated starch imported from the East Indies, much used for making puddings and as an article of diet for the sick; also, as starch, for stiffening textile fabrics. It is prepared from the stems of several East Indian and Malayan palm trees, but chiefly from the Metroxylon Sagu; also from several cycadaceous plants (Cycas revoluta, Zamia integrifolia, etc.).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An amylaceous food derived from the soft spongy interior, the so-called “pith,” of the trunks of various palms. (See sago-palm.)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. powdery starch from certain sago palms; used in Asia as a food thickener and textile stiffener
Malay sagu, mealy pith.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Malay sagu, via Portuguese or Dutch. (Wiktionary)