cas·​sa·​va | \ kə-ˈsä-və \

Definition of cassava 

: any of several American plants (genus Manihot, especially M. esculenta) of the spurge family grown in the tropics for their edible tuberous roots which yield a nutritious starch also : the root — compare tapioca sense 1

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Hiking in Northern Vietnam: TrufflepigSpend three days trekking the highlands of Mai Chau, through cassava fields and past traditional villages, stopping to recharge at rustic ecolodges. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Four Adventure Itineraries to Book in Southeast Asia," 14 Nov. 2018 In Brazil’s Northeast, the company launched an affordable brand brewed with cassava—a woody shrub native to South America—produced by local farmers. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "AB InBev Slashes Dividend as Beer Remains Out of Favor," 25 Oct. 2018 The science behind those dishes has been distilled into a blue-hued bar made with spirulina alongside cassava and chicory root fiber. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Best On-the-Go Snacks to Get Before Holiday Travel Season," 6 Nov. 2018 Vegetables: Boniato, calabaza, cherry tomato, okra, Southern pea, Seminole pumpkin, sweet cassava, roselle, sweet potato and yard-long bean; start transplants of eggplant, peppers and tomatoes from seed in mid July. 4. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 The extracted starch from cassava goes into products like tapioca and arrowroot. Laura Scholz, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Should Know About Cassava Flour, the Allergy-Friendly Starch That's Taking Over," 28 Mar. 2018 Apeel has received significant funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a film for cassava, a staple crop in Africa. Caitlin Dewey,, "This start-up can make avocados last twice as long before going bad," 19 June 2018 Just has helped its producer contract with local female farmers to source cassava, for instance. Washington Post,, "Silicon Valley start-up known for vegan mayo thinks it can cure malnutrition in Africa," 24 Feb. 2018 Addictive cassava flatbreads are toasted on the outside and soft on the inside. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Where to eat on the beach in the Caribbean," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of cassava

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cassava

Spanish cazabe cassava bread, from Taino caçábi

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English Language Learners Definition of cassava

: a tropical plant with thick roots that are used to make small white grains (called tapioca) that are used in cooking

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