bitter cassava

bitter cassava

See under cassava ( def 1 ). Unabridged


any of several tropical American plants belonging to the genus Manihot, of the spurge family, as M. esculenta (bitter cassava) and M. dulcis (sweet cassava) cultivated for their tuberous roots, which yield important food products.
a nutritious starch from the roots, the source of tapioca.

1545–55; < Spanish cazabe cassava bread or meal < Taino caçábi

cassava, sweet potato, yam. Unabridged
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cassava (kəˈsɑːvə)
1.  Also called: manioc any tropical euphorbiaceous plant of the genus Manihot, esp the widely cultivated American species M. esculenta (or utilissima) (bitter cassava) and M. dulcis (sweet cassava)
2.  a starch derived from the root of this plant: an important food in the tropics and a source of tapioca
[C16: from Spanish cazabe cassava bread, from Taino caçábi]

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1555, from Port. cassave, from Taino (Haiti) caçabi.
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