Etymology
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cassava (n.)

"tropical American plant cultivated for its edible, tuberous roots," 1560s, from French cassave, Spanish casabe, or Portuguese cassave, from a Haitian word, Taino (Arawakan) caçabi. Earlier in English as cazabbi (1550s).

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Definitions of cassava

cassava (n.)
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 starch / manioc / manioca
cassava (n.)
cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leaching; source of tapioca;
Synonyms: manioc
cassava (n.)
any of several plants of the genus Manihot having fleshy roots yielding a nutritious starch;
Synonyms: casava
From wordnet.princeton.edu