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Etymology Edit

From Portuguese cassave, from Taíno *kasabi (cassava flour)[1] (compare Garifuna sibiba), from Proto-Arawak *sapi.

Pronunciation Edit

  • IPA(key): /kəˈsɑːvə/
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  • Rhymes: -ɑːvə

Noun Edit

cassava (countable and uncountable, plural cassavas)

  1. Manioc (Manihot esculenta), a tropical plant which is the source of tapioca.
    Synonym: yuca
  2. Tapioca, a starchy pulp made with manioc roots.
    • 1677, Thomas Holyoke [i.e., Thomas Holyoake], “Jucca”, in A Large Dictionary: In Three Parts: I. The English before the Latin, [...] II. The Latin before the English, [...] III. The Proper Names of Persons, Places, and Other Things Necessary to the Understanding of Historians and Poets. [...], London: Printed for W[illiam] Rawlins, for G[eorge] Sawbridge, W[illiam] Place, T[homas] Basset, T[homas] Dring, J[ohn] Leigh, and J[ohn] Place, →OCLC:
      Jucca, ſive Yucca Peruana. The root whereof the bread Caſua, or Cazava is made.

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Translations Edit

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References Edit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “cassava”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Italian Edit

Verb Edit


  1. third-person singular imperfect indicative of cassare

Portuguese Edit

Verb Edit


  1. first/third-person singular imperfect indicative of cassar