tapioca

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noun tap·i·o·ca \ˌta-pē-ˈō-kə\

Definition of tapioca

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

  2. 2 :  cassava

Origin and Etymology of tapioca

Portuguese, from Tupi t i̵p i̵ʔóka


First Known Use: 1707


TAPIOCA Defined for English Language Learners

tapioca

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noun tap·i·o·ca \ˌta-pē-ˈō-kə\

Definition of tapioca for English Language Learners

  • : the small, white grains of the cassava plant

  • : a dessert made by cooking tapioca grains usually with milk, eggs, and sugar


TAPIOCA Defined for Kids

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noun tap·i·o·ca \ˌta-pē-ˈō-kə\

Definition of tapioca for Students

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


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