tap·​i·​o·​ca ˌta-pē-ˈō-kə How to pronounce tapioca (audio)
: 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

Examples of tapioca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The toppings available included tapioca boba, lychee jellies, strawberry popping boba, mango puddings and crystal boba. Camila Pedrosa, Sacramento Bee, 4 June 2024 For a time, Grape-Nuts, the popular breakfast cereal, all but vanished, along with the tapioca beads used to make boba tea. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, 2 June 2024 In comparison, bubble tea can be a bit more challenging to recreate—especially the chewy tapioca pearls that make these drinks so much fun. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 May 2024 But Take Note There are a few more ingredients in these teething biscuits compared to other products on our list, including tapioca starch and sunflower lecithin, an emulsifier. Lauren Capacete, Ms, Rd, Parents, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for tapioca 

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Word History


Portuguese, from Tupi tɨpɨʔóka

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tapioca was in 1707

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“Tapioca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapioca. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


tap·​i·​o·​ca ˌtap-ē-ˈō-kə How to pronounce tapioca (audio)
: grains or flakes of starch from the cassava root that are used especially in puddings and as a thickening in liquid foods
also : a food (as pudding) that contains tapioca

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