Definition of tapioca in English:



mass noun
  • A starchy substance in the form of hard white grains, obtained from cassava and used in cooking for puddings and other dishes.

    • ‘In a bowl, combine tapioca and milk; soak for one hour.’
    • ‘Desserts were generally varieties of pap made from oatmeal, semolina, tapioca, or pudding rice cooked in either milk or buttermilk.’
    • ‘Black tapioca pearls are made of a mixture of sweet potato flour, tapioca flour and brown sugar, which gives the pearls their distinctive color.’
    • ‘You don't need to know what I think of tapioca, even with vanilla, coconut, and anise.’
    • ‘He never told the commissary to make tapioca pudding no matter how often I asked.’
    • ‘For the tapioca blini: In a bowl, whisk together flour, melted butter, beer and egg whites; season with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘The buffet each day is complete with desserts made of tapioca, pumpkin, coconut, and bananas.’
    • ‘Drain the grenadine chestnuts, reserving the marinade, and toss with half the tapioca flour.’
    • ‘The main agricultural products are rice, tapioca, sugar, corn, and fruits.’
    • ‘I ate three containers of tapioca pudding when I got there just to make sure.’
    • ‘And here comes the dessert, the spotlight of the day - ice cream of your choice with tapioca in sweet coconut milk sauce.’
    • ‘A basic meal comprises a starch food, preferably soft or hard taro, tapioca, or rice, and a protein food, normally fish.’
    • ‘The wrapper in this case is made primarily from tapioca starch, which imparts a translucent sheen to the roll.’
    • ‘Spam fritters, tapioca and stewed prunes are also on the school's menu.’
    • ‘For the tempura batter, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, tapioca starch, salt, and sugar and stir well to combine.’
    • ‘Coat the fish with tapioca starch, patting off any excess, place in the fryer, and cook until golden brown, about five minutes.’
    • ‘For dessert, buttermilk panna cotta sprinkled with citrus wedges and toasted pine nuts is a far cry from mom's tapioca.’
    • ‘And after the evening meetings delegates enjoyed the traditional tapioca pancakes available from stalls in the town square.’
    • ‘At breakfast time manioc is eaten in two forms: in a dried powder or in tapioca pancakes.’
    • ‘The owner is selling tea and coffee with tapioca balls placed in the bottom of the cup.’


Early 18th century: from Tupi-Guarani tipioca, from tipi ‘dregs’ + og, ok ‘squeeze out’.