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cassava


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cassava  \Cas"sa*va\,  n.  [F.  cassave,  Sp  cazabe  fr  kasabi  in 
  the  language  of  Hayti.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  shrubby  euphorbiaceous  plant  of  the  genus 
  {Manihot},  with  fleshy  rootstocks  yielding  an  edible 
  starch;  --  called  also  {manioc}. 
 
  Note:  There  are  two  species,  bitter  and  sweet,  from  which  the 
  cassava  of  commerce  is  prepared  in  the  West  Indies, 
  tropical  America,  and  Africa.  The  bitter  ({Manihot 
  utilissima})  is  the  more  important;  this  has  a 
  poisonous  sap,  but  by  grating,  pressing,  and  baking  the 
  root  the  poisonous  qualities  are  removed.  The  sweet 
  ({M.  Aipi})  is  used  as  a  table  vegetable. 
 
  2.  A  nutritious  starch  obtained  from  the  rootstocks  of  the 
  cassava  plant,  used  as  food  and  in  making  tapioca. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cassava 
  n  1:  a  starch  made  by  leaching  and  drying  the  root  of  the  cassava 
  plant;  the  source  of  tapioca;  a  staple  food  in  the 
  tropics  [syn:  {cassava  starch},  {manioc},  {manioca}] 
  2:  cassava  root  eaten  as  a  staple  food  after  drying  and 
  leaching;  source  of  tapioca  [syn:  {manioc}] 
  3:  any  of  several  plants  of  the  genus  Manihot  having  fleshy 
  roots  yielding  a  nutritious  starch  [syn:  {casava}] 




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