American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A beady starch obtained from the root of the cassava, used for puddings and as a thickening agent in cooking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A farinaceous substance prepared from cassava by drying it while moist upon hot plates. By this treatment the starch grains swell, many of them burst, and the whole agglomerates in small irregular masses or lumps. In boiling water it swells up and forms a viscous jelly-like mass. Tapioca forms a nutritious and delicate food suited to invalids. Tapioca-meal, or Brazilian arrowroot, is the same substance dried without heating. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings
- From Portuguese tapioca. (Wiktionary)
- Portuguese, from Tupi typióca : ty, juice + pyá, heart + oca, to remove. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I feel like I am spinning my wheels in tapioca here.”
“Darlac Province, about a day's walk from Ban Me Thuot, and were held in cages where they had nothing to eat but boiled manioc (a large starchy root from which tapioca is made).”
“Although little used by the natives, tapioca is also abundant here.”
“At the large Chinese village of Rassa, a clever little Sumatra pony met us; and after passing through some roughish clearings, on which tapioca is being planted, we arrived here at 4 P.M., having traveled sixty miles in thirty-three hours.”
“It is also available online from Bob’s Red Mill, where it is called tapioca flour, at www.bobsredmill.com.”
“Does anyone know if the tapioca is the pudding or the root?”
“Sabudana" or "Sago", also known as tapioca, is produced from pith of Metroxylon and other palms, looks like semi-white unglazed pearls, and is a major ingredient for meals cooked during times of fasting.”
“So, I opted for inexpensive tapioca starch also known as tapioca flour, and agar powder, which is easier to work with than the flakes.”
“Cassava, aka tapioca or yucca, could do the trick — I find this root in Mexican markets.”
“From the roots of the latter, the starch called tapioca is derived.”
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