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
2 : cassava

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Doctors here in the US who looked into the case said that tapioca and other ingredients typically found in bubble tea pearls wouldn't show up on an X-ray or CT scan. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Are Bubble Tea Pearls Safe? We Asked a Doctor for the Facts," 13 June 2019 In a separate bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of potato starch and 1/4 cup of tapioca starch (or cassava flour) and set aside. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Your Own Version of Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi," 9 Apr. 2019 Maintain the barest simmer while cooking the tapioca and oat milk to prevent pearls from instantly dissolving. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes That Start With Seeds—From Sunflower to Poppy," 26 Mar. 2019 Add brown sugar, tapioca starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 And of course there are those swing chairs—perfect for savoring a breakfast of tropical fruits and tapioca—to extend the indoor-outdoor vibe. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "This New Rio de Janeiro Hotel Offers Eco-Chic Vibes–in a City Known for Over-the-Top Glamour," 25 Sep. 2018 Make the filling: In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, tapioca starch, and salt. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 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 Camp method: Put all the fruit in a large Ziploc with sugar and cornstarch/flour/tapioca. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Choose-your-own-adventure rhubarb crisp," 5 July 2018

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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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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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