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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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  • Groups of palm trees, sago palms, and other varieties of the same family bend down to the water's edge along the great streams.

  • Sarawak is said to supply more than half of the sago produce of the world.

    British Borneo W. H. Treacher
  • In the Moluccos the staple crop is not rice, but sago, which is prepared from the sap of the sago-palm.

  • The value of the sago it exported in 1885 is returned at £35,953.

    British Borneo W. H. Treacher
  • Soon after tea our attention was drawn to a pattering on the tent like rain, caused by a fall of sago snow.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • These people do not eat rice, but sago made into cakes and baked in a pot.

    Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak Harriette McDougall
  • The next day the whole party started, under the guidance of the doctor, to the spot where he had seen the sago palm.

    The South Sea Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • sago Pudding with Almonds is prepared the same as in preceding recipe.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
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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