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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]
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|Noun||1.||mandioca - cassava with long tuberous edible roots and soft brittle stems; used especially to make cassiri (an intoxicating drink) and tapioca|
cassiri - a drink resembling beer; made from fermented cassava juice
casava, cassava - any of several plants of the genus Manihot having fleshy roots yielding a nutritious starch
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