tapioca

[tap-ee-oh-kuh]
noun
a food substance prepared from cassava in granular, flake, pellet (pearl tapioca) or flour form, used in puddings, as a thickener, etc.

Origin:
1605–15; < Portuguese < Tupi tipioca literally, juice (of cassava) squeezed out, i.e., pulp after squeezing

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tapioca (ˌtæpɪˈəʊkə)
 
n
a beadlike starch obtained from cassava root, used in cooking as a thickening agent, esp in puddings
 
[C18: via Portuguese from Tupi tipioca pressed-out juice, from tipi residue + ok to squeeze out]

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tapioca
1648, from Port. or Sp. tapioca, from Tupi (Brazil) tipioca, from tipi "residue, dregs" + og, ok "to squeeze out" (from roots of the cassava plant).
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tapioca

a preparation of cassava-root starch used as a food, in bread or as a thickening agent in liquid foods, notably puddings but also soups and juicy pies.

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Example sentences
Fold in tapioca starch until it forms a workable ball of dough.
Place a rounded tablespoon of tapioca in center, sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top and place horizontally sliced pear on top.
The subsequent work will focus on developing formulations made of wheat and tapioca starches.
The pill-shaped mealybugs suck sap from the crops-a main ingredient of tapioca-causing them to shrivel and die.
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