sago

noun
sa·​go | \ ˈsā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce sago (audio) \
plural sagos

Definition of sago

: 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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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, "What Is Coconut Sugar, the Alt-Sweetener Taking Over Baking?," 13 Apr. 2018 Check sagos for white cycad scale; control as needed with a natural oil spray. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "April in the garden," 31 Mar. 2018 On the last visit, the dessert was replaced by an even less satisfying sago pudding made from a starch of various palm stems. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bauer on Eight Tables: Sublime setting, but at $225 food needs to dazzle, too," 19 Jan. 2018 Many sagos are flowering, and your plant has produced a female inflorescence. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "How to treat blossom-end rot," 9 June 2018 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, "What Is Coconut Sugar, the Alt-Sweetener Taking Over Baking?," 13 Apr. 2018 Check sagos for white cycad scale; control as needed with a natural oil spray. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "April in the garden," 31 Mar. 2018 On the last visit, the dessert was replaced by an even less satisfying sago pudding made from a starch of various palm stems. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bauer on Eight Tables: Sublime setting, but at $225 food needs to dazzle, too," 19 Jan. 2018 Q: White scale insects are present on our sagos, bamboo and gardenias. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "When adding new mulch, don't disturb old layer," 22 July 2017

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First Known Use of sago

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sago

Malay sagu sago palm

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sago

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sago

: a substance that is made from a type of palm tree and used especially in cooking

sago

noun
sa·​go | \ ˈsā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce sago (audio) \
plural sagos

Medical Definition of sago

: 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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