man·​i·​oc | \ ˈma-nē-ˌäk How to pronounce manioc (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mandioca \ ˌman-​dē-​ˈō-​kə How to pronounce mandioca (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 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, "Teen in remote Amazonian tribe tests positive for coronavirus," 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, "'No Safety Net.' How Climate Change and Unprecedented Flooding Is Destroying Communities in the Central African Republic," 24 Dec. 2019 Savor the flavors The traditional order on the beach is Biscoito Globo (a manioc starch snack) and Matte Leão (cold tea). National Geographic, "See Rio like a Nat Geo Explorer," 11 Mar. 2019 Bushwhacking through the forest, the team came upon ample evidence of the isolated group—including footprints, earthen pots, and large garden plots of manioc, sugarcane, and yams. Scott Wallace, National Geographic, "Alleged Massacre of Uncontacted Tribe Linked to Gold Mining," 8 Dec. 2017 The Tsimane eat unprocessed complex carbs high in fiber, like brown rice, plantain, manioc, corn, nuts and fruits. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "Learning From Our Parents’ Heart Health Mistakes," 10 Apr. 2017 Plots of corn, manioc, and bananas surrounding the cluster of communal huts—known as a maloca—seemed capable of sustaining as many as 80 to a hundred people. Ricardo Stuckert, National Geographic, "Exclusive: Stunning New Photos of Isolated Tribe Yield Surprises," 21 Dec. 2016

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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 27 Sep. 2020.

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