cassava

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noun cas·sa·va \kə-ˈsä-və\

Definition of cassava

  1. :  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 1

Origin and Etymology of cassava

Spanish cazabe cassava bread, from Taino caçábi


First Known Use: 1555


CASSAVA Defined for English Language Learners

cassava

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noun cas·sa·va \kə-ˈsä-və\

Definition of cassava for English Language Learners

  • : 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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