man·​i·​oc | \ ˈma-nē-ˌäk How to pronounce manioc (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mandioca \ ˌman-​dē-​ˈō-​kə How to pronounce manioc (audio) \
plural maniocs also mandiocas

Definition of manioc

: cassava Several chefs included the preparation of manioc in their demonstrations.— Jeffrey Steingarten Indigenous peoples also made full use of the region's plants and animals … including maize and manioc, potatoes and llamas …— Peter Winn No table is complete in Brazil without its shaker of manioc flour which is sprinkled on almost everything.— Thelma Barer-Stein That night, sitting under a palm leaf roof that the men had lashed together in case of rain, we ate roasted paca, armadillo, baked mandioca root and freshly cut heart of palm.— Stephen Homer

Examples of manioc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the Portuguese transported manioc to West Africa in the 17th century, the root spread rapidly, but the proper processing techniques did not. New York Times, 17 June 2021 For years, the villagers farmed the surrounding bush, growing large crops of manioc, but about a decade ago the land became polluted after some foreign businessmen opened a cobalt-processing plant nearby. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Others cooked corn cobs and manioc on the hot rocks, to the amusement of the crowd. New York Times, 23 May 2021 Mogo is the Swahili word for yuca (pronounced YOO-KAH), which is also known as cassava and manioc. Zaynab Issa, Bon Appétit, 22 Dec. 2020 The captain, Richard Lacet, who inherited the boat from his father, has made up for lost revenue by charging more for cargo, to squawks from merchants sending chickens upriver and farmers dispatching manioc flour down it. The Economist, 5 Nov. 2020 Its lower decks have hooks for 467 hammocks where passengers sleep on the three-day voyage up the Amazon river from Manaus, a city of 2m people, to Uarini, a manioc-growing town. The Economist, 5 Nov. 2020 Tribespeople provide for themselves by hunting, gathering and fishing, as well as cultivating crops such as manioc (cassava or yuca) and bananas, which are grown in large gardens cleared from the forest. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, 11 Apr. 2020 As the sun goes down, Guy Zegue distributes manioc in front of his shelter at the Socada camp on Nov. 23, 2019. Suyin Haynes, Time, 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of manioc

circa 1544, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manioc

French manioc & Spanish & Portuguese mandioca, all ultimately from Tupi maniʔóka, mandiʔóka

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“Manioc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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