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Definition of "tapioca" [tap•i•o•ca]

  • A beady starch obtained from the root of the cassava, used for puddings and as a thickening agent in cooking. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tapioca" in a sentence
  • "I feel like I am spinning my wheels in tapioca here."
  • "Darlac Province, about a day's walk from Ban Me Thuot, and were held in cages where they had nothing to eat but boiled manioc (a large starchy root from which tapioca is made)."
  • "Although little used by the natives, tapioca is also abundant here."