tap·​i·​o·​ca | \ ˌta-pē-ˈō-kə How to pronounce tapioca (audio) \

Definition of tapioca

1 : a usually granular preparation of cassava starch used especially in puddings and as a thickening in liquid food also : a dish (such as pudding) containing tapioca

Examples of tapioca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next, there’s the springy, al dente chew, like tteokbokki, Korean rice cakes; pinjaram, dense Malaysian coconut milk pancakes; and banh ja’neuk, Cambodian tapioca dumplings filled with mung beans and cooked in a coconut-ginger syrup. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "Everyone Loves Crispy and Crunchy, But What About Chewy?," 21 Oct. 2019 The pop-up’s sold-out debut at Nyum Bai in Oakland featured an eye-widening dessert soup of coconut milk topped with beads of tapioca, pastel tangyuan dumplings of purple taro and golden butternut squash, and jam made from local pluots. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The best new Bay Area pop-ups of 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Six years later, Tom, Joseph’s father-in-law, died after eating a plate of tapioca. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "Six deaths in one family over 14 years. Police say they have found their killer: The daughter-in-law.," 4 Nov. 2019 Boba, for the uninitiated, is an infinitely customizable cold tea drink garnished with translucent tapioca pearls. Anchorage Daily News, "A patisserie, boba parlor, sandwich shop and chowder house under one roof," 23 Oct. 2019 Add six teaspoons of tapioca flour into a second small bowl. Scientific American, "Make Boba for Bubble Tea," 19 Sep. 2019 Her banana nut chocolate bread is ridiculously moist and rich, made with a blend of chickpea, brown rice, tapioca and oat flours, and an extra banana in place of egg. SFChronicle.com, "Pastry chef celebrates Southeast Asia with profanely named bakery," 18 Oct. 2019 Once the water on the stove is boiling ask an adult to measure two teaspoons of boiling water and pour them on the tapioca flour. Scientific American, "Make Boba for Bubble Tea," 19 Sep. 2019 For dessert, be sure to grab che bap ($1.50), a thick corn-and-tapioca pudding covered with a layer of coconut cream. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Where do you find amazing vegan Vietnamese food in the Bay Area? Look for this Buddhist temple in East Palo Alto," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of tapioca

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tapioca

Portuguese, from Tupi tɨpɨʔóka

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The first known use of tapioca was in 1707

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15 Jan 2020

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“Tapioca.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapioca. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tapioca

: the small, white grains of the cassava plant
: a dessert made by cooking tapioca grains usually with milk, eggs, and sugar


tap·​i·​o·​ca | \ ˌta-pē-ˈō-kə How to pronounce tapioca (audio) \

Kids Definition of tapioca

: small pieces of starch from roots of a tropical plant used especially in puddings

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