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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At his abandoned campsites, officials found corn, manioc, papaya and bananas, according to Survival International, a human rights group. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2022 João Cohen moved to his patch of the Amazon 30 years ago to plant manioc. Georgina Gustin, NBC News, 19 Dec. 2021 Now coffee, manioc, cupuacu and cacao plants grow there. Georgina Gustin, NBC News, 19 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1544, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manioc was circa 1544

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“Manioc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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