Definition of tapioca in English:


Line breaks: tapi|oca
Pronunciation: /ˌtapɪˈəʊkə


[mass noun]
  • A starchy substance in the form of hard white grains, obtained from cassava and used in cookery for puddings and other dishes.
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    • Desserts were generally varieties of pap made from oatmeal, semolina, tapioca, or pudding rice cooked in either milk or buttermilk.
    • For the tempura batter, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, tapioca starch, salt, and sugar and stir well to combine.
    • Black tapioca pearls are made of a mixture of sweet potato flour, tapioca flour and brown sugar, which gives the pearls their distinctive color.


early 18th century: from Tupi-Guarani tipioca, from tipi 'dregs' + og, ok 'squeeze out'.

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