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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Recent Examples on the Web Airy tapioca and shrimp chips, fried until puffy, could be used to scoop little mouthfuls of salad. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "S.F.’s dorky new Viet pop-up is home-cooking nostalgia at its caramel-braised best," 10 Dec. 2020 Complimentary bowls of coconut tapioca pudding sat untouched. Hanna Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, "Beloved restaurant Peach Farm used to be open until 3 a.m. — now it struggles to stay open at all," 15 Jan. 2021 For Johnson, that was Texan food and tapioca pudding. Washington Post, "Henry Haller, longest-serving White House executive chef, dies at 97," 19 Dec. 2020 An abundance of fresh spices, coconut milk and tapioca starch (in place of gelatin) allowed Indo-Jewish households to easily adapt their strictly kosher food requirements, creating a unique cuisine that’s both equally Jewish and Indian in nature. Christabel Lobo, sun-sentinel.com, "India’s Jew Town only has a handful of Jews left," 17 Dec. 2020 Continue beating until the egg whites hold stiff peaks, then beat in the tapioca flour. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "The best cookbooks of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 Cutting Edge Catering passed around an array of local specialties, including ahi tuna poke on crispy black tapioca crackers. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Maui Wedding Was All About Fashion, Family—and Engagement Photo Shoots in Two Countries," 12 Nov. 2020 This tapioca is made with a thin custard called a crème anglaise. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Tired of blah desserts? These four are worth the calories," 21 Sep. 2020 Teeny dumplings, in our test batch, added a tapioca type of texture to the soup. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pomeranian-style Oktoberfest brings some little-known flavors - and history," 22 Sep. 2020

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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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2 Feb 2021

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“Tapioca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapioca. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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