sago

noun

sa·​go ˈsā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce sago (audio)
plural sagos
: a dry granulated or powdered starch prepared from the pith of a sago palm and used in foods and as textile stiffening

Examples of sago in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was once a fairly common minor nutrient deficiency with sagos affecting the new growths. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 15 June 2024 My sago looks sad — developing yellow and brown leaves in the top center of the plant. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 15 June 2024 But interest never disappears entirely, especially as the chef employs slight alterations—such as submerging the tang yuan in fresh coconut milk and sago pearls rather than a warm soup—to give the dish a refreshing twist in hotter months. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 By 10,000 years ago, the folks in the lowlands were growing sago and manipulating other vegetation such as wild rice, Hunt says. Karen Coates, Discover Magazine, 6 May 2016 If the plant is large, equipment is needed to lift and move the sago as the root balls are heavy. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Oct. 2022 Some gardeners also report success using a home remedy of solutions made from coffee grounds applied to all parts of the sago and soil near the trunk. Tom MacCubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Nov. 2021 Many like a multiple trunk sago, but the plants can become congested and full of shoots. Tom MacCubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 12 June 2021 It is primarily produced in Southeast Asia, where it is used to create desserts like the tapioca-like pudding sago gula melaka and klepon, coconut-coated rice cakes filled with liquid coconut sugar. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, 13 Apr. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Malay sagu sago palm

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sago was circa 1580

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“Sago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sago. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sago

noun
sa·​go ˈsā-gō How to pronounce sago (audio)
plural sagos
: a dry granulated or powdered starch prepared from spongy tissue inside the stem of a sago palm

Medical Definition

sago

noun
sa·​go ˈsā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce sago (audio)
plural sagos
: a dry granulated or powdered starch prepared from the pith of a sago palm and used in foods and as textile stiffening

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