manioc

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n manioc cassava with long tuberous edible roots and soft brittle stems; used especially to make cassiri (an intoxicating drink) and tapioca
    • n manioc cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leaching; source of tapioca
    • n manioc 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
    • n Manioc (Bot) The tropical plants (Manihot utilissima, and Manihot Aipi), from which cassava and tapioca are prepared; also, cassava.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n manioc The cassava-plant or its product. The manioc or cassava is a very important food-staple in tropical America. The tubers of Manihot utilissima, sometimes weighing forty pounds, must be grated to a pulp and submitted to pressure in order to remove a deleterious juice. Those of M. Aipi may be used as an esculent vegetable like potatoes. The South American natives also prepare from manioc an intoxicating drink called piwarrie. Also mandioc, mandioca.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Manioc mā′ni-ok a tropical plant from which cassava and tapioca are obtained
    • Manioc Also written Man′dioc, Mā′nihoc, Mā′nihot
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pg. mandioca, fr. Braz

Usage

In literature:

These fellows made cakes of manioc and poisoned them with stramonium.
"Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
Macoume baill y toua chopine farine-manioc.
"Two Years in the French West Indies" by Lafcadio Hearn
The manioc plant shoots out stalks from four to six feet in height, with a number of large leaves at their upper extremities.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
My wife showed me a large store of potatoes and manioc roots, which she and her children had dug up the evening before.
"The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island" by Johann David Wyss
The mixture thus obtained composes the dough of manioc.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 90, June, 1875" by Various
His food often consisted of bird-seed, manioc-roots, and meal.
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie
Amongst the cultivated products are mealies and manioc, the sugar-cane and cotton, coffee and tobacco plants.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The principal food of the people is manioc flour (tapioca).
"Up To Date Business" by Various
At the first camping-ground tall maize was growing and manioc plants were cultivated in extensive fields.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
When the father came to the field of manioc he sat down, bent almost in two.
"Brazilian Tales" by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
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In poetry:

'"Plums from balata and mombin,
Tania, manioc, water-vine;
Let you fell my slim manacques,
Tap my sweet moriche wine.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

Tsumpa lives high above the Pastaza River on a tidy clearing ringed by coconut palms, manioc plants, fruit trees and a garden of various plant medicines.
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