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 1
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A kaleidoscope of packages, jars and produce from nearly every continent is jammed in — side by side are purple yams from Laos, green plantains from Ecuador, mahogany-brown cassava from Nigeria, tan egg roll wrappers from Vietnam.
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Origin and Etymology of cassava
Spanish cazabe cassava bread, from Taino caçábi
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
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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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