Definition of sago in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsāɡō/

noun (plural sagos)

1Edible starch that is obtained from a palm and is a staple food in parts of the tropics. The pith inside the trunk is scraped out, washed, and dried to produce a flour or processed to produce the granular sago used in the West.
Example sentences
  • Although these essays are concerned with others crops too, only Ellen's contribution is really focused on another staple food, sago.
  • Foods like coconuts, sago and other staples like cassava, sweet potatoes and taro are collected and donated.
  • It is a large family, belonging to the tropics and subtropics, and many of its members furnish important foodstuffs: the coconut, date, sago, palm sugar, etc.
1.1 (also sago pudding) A sweet dish made from sago and milk.
Example sentences
  • When householders are given the chips, they get a lipstick-sized phial containing what looks like black sago pudding - vast numbers of particles held in a white bonding solution.
  • It is like beating my head against sago pudding.
  • Casey bit into the mango and sago pudding and grinned.
2 (sago palm) The palm from which most sago is obtained, growing in freshwater swamps in Southeast Asia.
  • Metroxylon sagu, family Palmae.
Example sentences
  • Cycadales, ‘true cycads,’ are still with us and are represented by the common sago palm and the cardboard palm, often seen as decorative indoor plants or in outdoor gardens in the southern United States.
  • The sago palm grows 7-8 m high and is felled when it flowers.
  • Likewise, the center says certain plants are fatal if eaten, including azalea, oleander, sago palm and yew.
2.1Any of a number of other palms or cycads that yield a similar starch.
Example sentences
  • Prime candidates are the DNA poison cycasin from the false sago palm, or two excitotoxins that also come from this palm.


Mid 16th century: from Malay sagu (originally via Portuguese).

Words that rhyme with sago

Diego, galago, Jago, lumbago, Tierra del Fuego, Tobago, Winnebago

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Syllabification: sa·go

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