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
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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