• WordNet 3.6
    • n cassava any of several plants of the genus Manihot having fleshy roots yielding a nutritious starch
    • n cassava cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leaching; source of tapioca
    • n cassava a starch made by leaching and drying the root of the cassava plant; the source of tapioca; a staple food in the tropics
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tapioca is made from the starch in the roots of a poisonous plant known as bitter cassava.
    • Cassava A nutritious starch obtained from the rootstocks of the cassava plant, used as food and in making tapioca.
    • Cassava (Bot) A shrubby euphorbiaceous plant of the genus Manihot, with fleshy rootstocks yielding an edible starch; -- called also manioc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cassava The name of several species of Manihot, a euphorbiaceous genus of stout herbs, extensively cultivated for food in tropical America and on the coast of Africa, from the tuberous roots of which cassava-bread, cassava-starch, and tapioca are made. The kinds that are chiefly used are M. utilissima (bitter cassava), M. Aipi (sweet cassava), and M. Carthaginensis. Also known as mandioc, manioc, or maniocca. See manioc.
    • n cassava The starch prepared from the roots of the cassava-plant. The roots, which are sometimes a yard in length, are grated, and the pulp is freed from its milky juice. This is done by means of sacks made of matting, which are filled and suspended from a beam, weights being attached to the lower end. The meal thus dried is often made immediately into bread by baking it in broad thin cakes. Starch is obtained by washing the meal in water and allowing the farinaceous portion to settle. This starch, when dried upon heated plates, is converted into tapioca. The juice itself, especially that from the bitter cassava, contains a considerable amount of hydrocyanic acid, and is very poisonous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cassava kas-sä′va the West Indian name of the manioc, and the starch produced from it, called Brazilian Arrowroot, or Tapioca.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cassave, Sp. cazabe, fr. kasabi, in the language of Haiti


In literature:

They knew that its roots produced the far-famed cassava.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Cassava is as vital to these Indians as the air they breathe.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
Such and such a village must produce and hand over so many kilos of rubber, or copal, so much cassava, so many tusks, etc.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
Another important food plant that has been introduced and yields abundantly is the Cassava (Manihot utilissima).
"The Hawaiian Islands" by The Department of Foreign Affairs
Hyen, a poisonous liquor expressed from the cassava root.
"The Arawack Language of Guiana in its Linguistic and Ethnological Relations" by Daniel G. Brinton
They gave him some cassava bread and boiled fish, which he ate voraciously, and soon after left the hut.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
Tree Cassava, an exotic, was constantly attended by the nectariniids, or honey creepers.
"Birds from North Borneo" by Max C. Thompson
The negroes and the free people who work in the plantations drink it, dipping into it their bread of maize or cassava.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
They raise boniatos and cassava, a little fruit, and keep a few pigs.
"Pioneering in Cuba" by James Meade Adams
The cassava is cultivated in the East Indian Archipelago as well as in South America.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
And I'll warrant there's cassava bread in back, still warm from morning.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
The boys were delighted to go in so large a party, and merrily carried provision bags filled with cassava bread and potatoes.
"The Swiss Family Robinson" by Jean Rudolph Wyss
Maize and cassava are the food of all America.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
It was for a long time believed that the Ottomac mixed this clay with cassava and turtle-oil, or some other sort of nutritive substance.
"Odd People" by Mayne Reid
The door was opened and a glass of water and a large piece of cassava bread were pushed into my cell as far as the man's arms could go.
"Latitude 19 degree" by Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
The sweet cassava yields tapioca.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 7" by Various
This time he and his men prudently spent in pulling manioc roots for cassava, and digging potatoes for the voyage.
"The Monarchs of the Main, Volume II (of 3)" by Walter Thornbury
The natives not only abstained from any acts of hostility, but supplied them with fruits, and a sort of cassava (tapioca).
"Oregon and Eldorado" by Thomas Bulfinch
Cassava, manioca, tapioca, and sago are starchy materials in granular form.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
The next day after that we came into the harbour, there came a great boat aboard us, to ask if we would sell any Cassava meal.
"The Strange Adventures of Andrew Battell" by Andrew Battell

In news:

Lorence Nyaka hacks at the root of a cassava plant, slicing away one fresh tuber after another until he has a small pile, enough to make a midday meal for his wife and three young children.
"This place just sort of fell into our lap" says Yuka Ioroi, who opened the Richmond neighborhood's Cassava Cafe and Restaurant earlier this year with husband Kristoffer.
Cassava experiencing a recent surge in popularity.
Updated Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 3:23 p.m. After retiring on March 1, Cheney resident Kent Dold decided to embark on the next phase in life: setting up the farming operation of a $160 million cassava complex in Nigeria.
Wasps to Fight Thai Cassava Plague.
Scientists checked for signs of pests in a cassava field in Nakhon Ratchasima province in Thailand.
A technician in Nigeria breeds cassava plants to maximize vitamin A.
Virus Ravages Cassava Plants in Africa.
MUKONO, Uganda — Lynet Nalugo dug a cassava tuber out of her field and sliced it open.
"Come war, come anything, the farmer who has cassava has food," said Richardson Okechukwu, the institute's coordinator for cassava research.
For many vegetable snack chip makers, it isn't enough to merely make a tasty chip from something as unexpected as cassava root or collard greens.
Guinean Ambassador Blaise Cherif (L) and Chef Nestor Lamah (R ) enjoy traditional Guinean foods, including rice and sauces made from cassava leaves and smoked fish.
Thankfully, the website for CrispRoot Cassava Chips had a lot of information on their products.
Everything from what cassava is to where the cassava roots are grown.
Yuca frita con chicharrones is a fried cassava root served with pork.