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cassava

Syllabification: cas·sa·va
Pronunciation: /kəˈsävə
 
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Definition of cassava in English:

noun

1The starchy tuberous root of a tropical tree, used as food in tropical countries but requiring careful preparation to remove traces of cyanide from the flesh. Also called manioc.
Example sentences
  • Common vegetables are cabbage, beans, mushrooms, carrots, cassava, sweet potatoes, onions, and various types of greens.
  • Pineapples, sweet potatoes, beans, cassava, rice, groundnuts and maize are among the main crops.
  • They were very hardworking farmers and we used to buy cheap beans, rice, cassava, sweet potatoes and maize from them.
1.1A starch or flour obtained from the cassava root.
Example sentences
  • The most popular rural staple is ugali, a stiff dough made of cassava flour, cornmeal, millet, or sorghum.
  • Sometimes we worked all through the night and it was rare that I ate more than a bowl-full of cassava flour in a day.
  • The staple noonday meal is foo-foo, a dough-like paste made of cassava pounded into flour.
2The shrubby tree from which cassava is obtained, native to tropical America and cultivated throughout the tropics.
  • Genus Manihot, family Euphorbiaceae: several species, in particular bitter cassava (M. esculenta) and sweet cassava (M. dulcis)
Example sentences
  • Cultivated cassava has a higher rate of photosynthesis than is usual for C 3 plants and photosynthesis is not light saturated.
  • There are four layers in all, the final one consisting of the cassava leaves and hog's meat on top of hot stones.
  • The roots of the cassava plant contain linamarin, a cyanogen which produces the poisonous chemical cyanide when eaten.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Taino casávi, cazábbi, influenced by French cassave.

Words that rhyme with cassava

balaclava, Bratislava, carver, Costa Brava, guava, Java, kava, larva, lava, palaver

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