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

Examples of tapioca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These crunchy o’s swap typical cereal ingredients like wheat, rice and corn for chickpeas, tapioca and pea protein for a nourishing crunch that delivers 8 grams of protein per bowl. Anna Haines, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Tokyo fried chicken gets its kicks from soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sake — a long list of flavoring agents applied a day before the thigh meat is served, each (gluten-free) nugget crisp from a dusting of tapioca and cornstarch. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Bubble tea, also known as boba, is an iced tea infused with milk or fruit and served with tapioca balls or other toppings. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 17 Mar. 2022 The cake is made by combining gula melaka (palm sugar), rice flour, tapioca flour and lye water together. Rachel Phua, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 While boba creates a textural contrast between the chewiness of the tapioca and smoothness of the drink, cheese foam creates its contrast through flavor. David Deloso, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Apr. 2021 In a large, shallow dish, whisk together the flour or tapioca starch, cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 According to co-owner Calvin Tong, the Sweet Booth was the first in town to serve drinks with chewy tapioca pearls. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Oct. 2021 But the photos show tapioca pearls, not goat feces. Nayeli Lomeli, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Tapioca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapioca. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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