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cas·sa·va

 (kə-sä′və)
n.
1. A shrubby tropical American plant (Manihot esculenta) widely grown for its large, tuberous, starchy roots.
2. The root of this plant, eaten as a staple food in the tropics only after leaching and drying to remove cyanide. Cassava starch is also the source of tapioca. In both senses also called manioc, yuca.

[Ultimately from Taíno casavi, flour from manioc.]

cassava

(kəˈsɑːvə)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: manioc any tropical euphorbiaceous plant of the genus Manihot, esp the widely cultivated American species M. esculenta (or utilissima) (bitter cassava) and M. dulcis (sweet cassava)
2. (Cookery) a starch derived from the root of this plant: an important food in the tropics and a source of tapioca
[C16: from Spanish cazabe cassava bread, from Taino caçábi]

cas•sa•va

(kəˈsɑ və)

n., pl. -vas.
1. any of several tropical American plants belonging to the genus Manihot, of the spurge family, having tuberous roots.
2. a nutritious starch from the roots, the source of tapioca.
[1545–55; < Sp cazabe cassava bread or meal < Taino]

cassava

A root vegetable resembling a large, brown sweet potato.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cassava - a starch made by leaching and drying the root of the cassava plantcassava - a starch made by leaching and drying the root of the cassava plant; the source of tapioca; a staple food in the tropics
tapioca - granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings
amylum, starch - a complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles
2.cassava - cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leachingcassava - cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leaching; source of tapioca
tapioca - granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings
bitter cassava, gari, mandioc, mandioca, Manihot esculenta, Manihot utilissima, tapioca plant, manioc - cassava with long tuberous edible roots and soft brittle stems; used especially to make cassiri (an intoxicating drink) and tapioca
root - (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
3.cassava - any of several plants of the genus Manihot having fleshy roots yielding a nutritious starch
genus Manihot, Manihot - genus of economically important tropical plants: cassava
bitter cassava, gari, mandioc, mandioca, Manihot esculenta, Manihot utilissima, tapioca plant, manioc - cassava with long tuberous edible roots and soft brittle stems; used especially to make cassiri (an intoxicating drink) and tapioca
Manihot dulcis, sweet cassava - South American plant with roots used as a vegetable and herbage used for stock feed
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
Translations
نَباتٌ اسْتِوائي يُنْتِجُ تابْيوكا
maniok
maniokplante
kasszava
manjokrunni
manijokas
manioks
maniok
manyok

cassava

[kəˈsɑːvə] Nmandioca f

cassava

[kəˈsɑːvə] n (= plant) → manioc m (= food) → manioc m

cassava

nManiok m

cassava

(kəˈsaːvə) noun
(also tapioca plant) a tropical plant, whose roots yield tapioca.
References in classic literature ?
Another white man `came in peace' three moons ago," replied Kaviri; "and after we had brought him presents of a goat and cassava and milk, he set upon us with his guns and killed many of my people, and then went on his way, taking all of our goats and many of our young men and women.
Before each hut a woman presided over a boiling stew, while little cakes of plantain, and cassava puddings were to be seen on every hand.
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I searched for the cassava root, which the Indians, in all that climate, make their bread of, but I could find none.
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