Definition of


  1. (noun, food) granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings

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Alternate forms of Tapioca

Hypernyms: food product, foodstuff

Origin of the word Tapioca

  1. 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). more

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