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.
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- 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
In addition, the sago is tasteless almost and needs careful seasoning.
Unlike rice or barley, sago is not the fruit of a tiny stem, – it is the pith of the trunk of a great tree.
One trunk of a tree in its fifteenth year sometimes yields six hundred pounds weight of sago, or meal (for the word sago signifies meal in the dialect of Amboyna).
The villagers of the mainland of Ceram bring their sago, which is thus distributed to the islands farther east, while rice from Bali and Macassar can also be purchased at a moderate price.
In Thailand tapioca is known as sago, which can lead to confusion with true sago starch obtained from the sago palm, Metroxylon sagu.
In the Moluccos the staple crop is not rice, but sago, which is prepared from the sap of the sago-palm.
Our conductor called the sago tree _sibla_, but the Malays give it the name of _rumbiga_.
The Malays call the sago-tree the _rumbiya_ and its pith _sagu_ from which word we get our name _sago_.
In the Borneo section there are exhibits of oils, also sago, which is a white powder-the dried sap of a tree.
Along the edge of the cogon lands are many large _buri_ palms,  from which a starch commercially known as sago is secured.