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)



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  • A very memorable word to those that have seen the Tapioca moment on "Whose Line is it Anyway".

    March 14, 2007