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[sey-goh] /ˈseɪ goʊ/
a starchy foodstuff derived from the soft interior of the trunk of various palms and cycads, used in making puddings.
Origin of sago
1545-55; earlier sagu < Malay Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sago
  • In the matter of sago, for instance, which swells so when cooked.
  • The other staple of their existence is a gruel made from the sago palm.
  • Clutch-shaped, it was deftly fashioned from natural-colored, dried sago palm fibers and worked in a herringbone pattern.
  • sago pondweed presence was treated as an indicator variable.
British Dictionary definitions for sago


a starchy cereal obtained from the powdered pith of a sago palm, used for puddings and as a thickening agent
Word Origin
C16: from Malay sāgū
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Word Origin and History for sago

"starch made of the piths of palms," 1570s, via Portuguese and Dutch from Malay sagu, the name of the palm tree from which it is obtained (attested in English in this sense from 1550s). Cf. French sagou, Spanish sagu, German Sago.

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