from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long tubular cylinder woven of strips of the jacitara-palm, used for extracting the poisonous juice of the cassava. The cassava-roots are cut up and placed in the cylinder, which is suspended from a beam, while its lower end is pulled down by means of a lever. The elongation of the plaited cylinder produces a contraction of its diameter, and by the strong pressure thus obtained the poisonous juice is pressed out of the roots.


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