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Manioc   /mˈæniˌɑk/   Listen

(Written also mandioc, manihoc, manihot)
A starch made by leaching and drying the root of the cassava plant; the source of tapioca; a staple food in the tropics.  Synonyms: cassava, cassava starch, manioca.
Cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leaching; source of tapioca.  Synonym: cassava.
Cassava with long tuberous edible roots and soft brittle stems; used especially to make cassiri (an intoxicating drink) and tapioca.  Synonyms: bitter cassava, gari, mandioc, mandioca, Manihot esculenta, Manihot utilissima, tapioca plant.

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"Manioc" Quotes from Famous Books

... exuberance of this portion of South America. Sugar, coffee, cocoa, rice, tobacco, maize, wheat, ginger, mandioc, yams, sarsaparilla, and tropical fruits beyond enumeration smother one another in the fierce fight for life. The chief dependence of the people is upon mandioc, manioc, or cassava, which the natives accept as a direct gift from the prophet Sune. This, however, is not the place to dwell upon the endless variety of trees and the fauna and flora ...
— Up the Forked River - Or, Adventures in South America • Edward Sylvester Ellis

... to opposite extremes of weather: and soil—some to the low grounds warm and abundantly irrigated, some to the dry grounds demanding far less of moisture—but also other and various substitutes have been presented to Ceylon. Manioc, maize, the potato, the turnip, have all been cultivated. Mr Bennett himself would, in ancient Greece, have had many statues raised to his honour for his exemplary bounties of innovation. The food of the people is now secure. And, as regard their clothing or ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843 • Various

Words linked to "Manioc" :   amylum, casava, starch, tapioca, cassiri, root

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