• WordNet 3.6
    • n tapioca granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before Columbus, Europe had never tasted cord, potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers, sweet potatoes, tapioca, chocolate, pumpkins, squash, coconuts, pineapples, strawberries, and much more. Why? All these food items are native to America.
    • n Tapioca A coarsely granular substance obtained by heating, and thus partly changing, the moistened starch obtained from the roots of the cassava. It is much used in puddings and as a thickening for soups. See Cassava.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tapioca is made from the starch in the roots of a poisonous plant known as bitter cassava.
    • n tapioca A farinaceous substance prepared from cassava by drying it while moist upon hot plates. By this treatment the starch grains swell, many of them burst, and the whole agglomerates in small irregular masses or lumps. In boiling water it swells up and forms a viscous jelly-like mass. Tapioca forms a nutritious and delicate food suited to invalids. Tapioca-meal, or Brazilian arrowroot, is the same substance dried without heating. See cassava (with cut).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tapioca tap-i-ō′ka a farinaceous substance obtained from cassava or manioc by drying it while moist on hot plates, so that the starch grains swell or burst, and the whole agglomerates in small lumps.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Braz. tapioka,: cf. Pg., Sp. & F. tapioca,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Braz. tipioka, the poisonous juice of the cassava.


In literature:

Soak the pearl tapioca one hour in enough cold water to cover it.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Twice in a week I learned from this objectionable child that the ailing woman had again eaten all the tapioca.
"Short Stories of Various Types" by Various
I made some tapioca pudding.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
Each of them carried a grain of a tapioca-like substance as big as itself.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Tapioca is also a preparation of the root.
"James Braithwaite, the Supercargo" by W.H.G. Kingston
Tapioca is the finer portion of the farina.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Cup-custard, tapioca, watermelon, citron, or sherry, maderia, or port.
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis
"A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes" by Charles Elmé Francatelli
Soak tapioca, peel and slice apples; mix ingredients together, place in pie-dish with sufficient water to cover and bake.
"No Animal Food" by Rupert H. Wheldon
Soak two-thirds of a cup of tapioca in three cups of cold water, add one pound of chopped figs and one and one-half cup of brown sugar.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous

In news:

Soaking chia seeds provides texture, omega-3s, tapioca-like weirdness.
Change It Up With Pumpkin Tapioca .
Asia Taste and Tapioca .
We say that 2007 should go down in San Francisco history as the Year of the Tapioca .
Of the two, tapioca showed a bit more thickening power and was therefore our favorite.
These Asian- and Latin - inspired desserts range from super sweet and rich (Cabelleros Ricos) to elegantly simple and subtle (Green Tea Tapioca).
GRCC Culinary student Josh Vogt is putting his skills to work at his business Boba Latte Cafe, a coffee shop with a tapioca twist.
Mix the strawberries, mangoes , drained crushed pineapple, white sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, and tapioca.
In a large bowl, combine the pears , sugar, tapioca and nutmeg.
Could it be their diet of mostly lean meat and bread made with low-carb tapioca flour.
For filling, in a large bowl, combine raspberries , sugar, tapioca, and butter.
Soak tapioca pearls in orange liquer or green Creme de Menthe overnight.
Reagan was born in Tapioca and spent his childhood in Dixon.
1/4 cup quick-cooking (not pearl) tapioca.
As chia seeds soak in almond milk, they create a tapioca-like pudding.