from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A beady starch obtained from the root of the cassava, used for puddings and as a thickening agent in cooking.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A starchy food made from the cassava plant used in puddings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A farinaceous substance prepared from cassava by drying it while moist upon hot plates.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings
Portuguese, from Tupi typióca : ty, juice + pyá, heart + oca, to remove.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese tapioca. (Wiktionary)