yu·​ca ˈyü-kə How to pronounce yuca (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cassava, also known as yuca or manioc, is a staple food in many African countries. Daniel Danino, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 These gluten-free pancakes are made with cassava flour, which is made from a starchy tuberous root vegetable called a yuca. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2023 Happiness is inky black beans and fried yuca, sliced thin so that every bite is crisp as a potato chip. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2019 Tribespeople provide for themselves by hunting, gathering and fishing, as well as cultivating crops such as manioc (cassava or yuca) and bananas, which are grown in large gardens cleared from the forest. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, 11 Apr. 2020 The family, with a household income of $16 a month, is surviving on yuca and plantains. Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2019 The sandwich comes with fried yuca and a slurpable mojito sauce. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, 8 Oct. 2019 At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Tajín garnishes esquites, a Mexican snack of stewed corn, served in mini batting helmets, while the cafe Tropicales in Houston dusts its yuca fries with the chile-lime salt. Daniela Galarza, New York Times, 10 June 2019 In a bowl, toss the yuca chips with the Wild Game Rub and the cheese. ExpressNews.com, 5 June 2019 See More

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Word History


New Latin jucca, from Taino yuca

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yuca was in 1555

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“Yuca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuca. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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