Definition of cassava in English:

cassava

noun

  • 1The starchy tuberous root of a tropical tree, used as food in tropical countries but requiring careful preparation to remove traces of cyanide from the flesh.

    Also called manioc
    • ‘Common vegetables are cabbage, beans, mushrooms, carrots, cassava, sweet potatoes, onions, and various types of greens.’
    • ‘Most villagers have a small plot of land on which they farm maize, groundnuts, cassava, millet, sweet potatoes, and other products.’
    • ‘It is largely farming land where yam, cassava, and palm trees are grown; it is bounded by the Cross River to the east and extends past the Niger River to the west.’
    • ‘Rice, cassava, and sweet potatoes are the chief food crops; cattle-breeding is extensive.’
    • ‘These have led to cuts in food subsidies, resulting in pressure to tear up maize and cassava in order to grow crops like tobacco which can be used to sell for foreign currency.’
    • ‘In Zambia and many African countries most of the foods eaten in the region like maize, cassava, millet, sweet potatoes were all brought by explorers and colonialists.’
    • ‘The land produces taro, yams, sweet potatoes, cassava, and breadfruit.’
    • ‘The hunter domesticated some animals, and the collector grew crops such as bananas, cassava, and sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘They were very hardworking farmers and we used to buy cheap beans, rice, cassava, sweet potatoes and maize from them.’
    • ‘Forest crops, such as plantain, cassava, cocoyam, and tropical yams, predominate in the south.’
    • ‘The rich soils of Uganda are capable of producing a wide range of crops such as maize, cassava, groundnut, sorghum, pineapple, millet and other stable foods.’
    • ‘Today we're producing rice, beans, cassava, pumpkins, passion fruit and other crops.’
    • ‘Women raised the children and they also tended the farm, raising domestic animals and growing foods such as cassava.’
    • ‘Creole food uses tubers, such as cassava and sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘Maize, cassava, pigeon peas, onions, bananas, potatoes, and tomatoes are important commercial crops.’
    • ‘These families now cultivate their own crops - beans, potato, cassava, banana and many others.’
    • ‘Another staple of Liberian cuisine is cassava, a tropical plant with starchy roots from which tapioca is obtained.’
    • ‘Pineapples, sweet potatoes, beans, cassava, rice, groundnuts and maize are among the main crops.’
    • ‘They grow maize, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes and also rear domesticated animals like goats, pigs and chicken.’
    • ‘But to eradicate malnutrition, we grow maize, beans, soya beans, sweet potatoes, cassava, pumpkins and many others.’
    1. 1.1 A starch or flour obtained from the cassava root.
      • ‘A favorite dish among Angolans is cabidela, chicken's blood eaten with rice and cassava dough.’
      • ‘Other starchy foods include cassava, taro root, maize and plantains.’
      • ‘Rice, sorghum, millet, and cassava are common foods.’
      • ‘The most popular form among school children is deep-fried cassava coated with sugar.’
      • ‘Gali foto in its simplest form is a breakfast dish made from cassava flour.’
      • ‘Other sources of vitamin A to keep in mind are fish, butter or cream, cheese, spinach, cassava, sweet potatoes, papaya, and mangos.’
      • ‘Cassava, rice, bread, peanuts, spinach, cassava leaves and other vegetables are also eaten.’
      • ‘For breakfast, a village family eats a dough-like ball made from cassava flour with the previous day's sauce.’
      • ‘Very starchy foods such as cassava contain virtually nothing but carbohydrates and water.’
      • ‘Placed on the mats are boiled sweet potatoes, cassava, bananas and other foods and dishes brought by those participating.’
      • ‘They also enjoy cassava flour, boiled in water, and stirred to make a thick paste (ugali).’
      • ‘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 most popular rural staple is ugali, a stiff dough made of cassava flour, cornmeal, millet, or sorghum.’
      • ‘The bubbles in bubble tea are actually oversized tapioca pearls, made from cassava root starch and caramel.’
      • ‘Usually, after the boiled cassava is pounded and then mixed with palm sugar, it is ready to be consumed.’
      • ‘The staple noonday meal is foo-foo, a dough-like paste made of cassava pounded into flour.’
      • ‘Some 348,000 tonnes surplus from cassava flour is expected from a total production of 958,000 tonnes while total requirement for various uses is 609,000 tonnes.’
  • 2The shrubby tree from which cassava is obtained, native to tropical America and cultivated throughout the tropics.

    • ‘Tapioca is a starch-like substance that is extracted from the root of the cassava plant.’
    • ‘The roots of the cassava plant contain linamarin, a cyanogen which produces the poisonous chemical cyanide when eaten.’
    • ‘A favorite everyday dish called ngunja is made with the dark green leaves of the cassava plant.’
    • ‘There are four layers in all, the final one consisting of the cassava leaves and hog's meat on top of hot stones.’
    • ‘Cultivated cassava has a higher rate of photosynthesis than is usual for C 3 plants and photosynthesis is not light saturated.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

cassava

/kəˈsɑvə//kəˈsävə/