Definition of cassava in English:


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Pronunciation: /kəˈsɑːvə


  • 1 [mass noun] The starchy tuberous root of a tropical tree, used as food in tropical countries.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1Starch or flour obtained from cassava. Also called manioc.
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    • 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
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    • 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.


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

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