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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A badly-balanced packet of tapioca crashed from shelf to floor and burst open like a ripe seed-pod.
▪ I mean, I don't know why he bothered coming round: he didn't know goose shit from tapioca.
▪ On our right rose Kitchen Mesa, shimmering in rich tones of cinnamon, burnt orange and tapioca.
▪ Those who could feed themselves had at least had the choice of not eating the tapioca that they disliked and going hungry.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tapioca \Tap`i*o"ca\, n. [Braz. tapioka: cf. Pg., Sp. & F. tapioca.] A coarsely granular substance obtained by heating, and thus partly changing, the moistened starch obtained from the roots of the cassava. It is much used in puddings and as a thickening for soups. See Cassava.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, tipiaca, from Portuguese or Spanish tapioca, from Tupi (Brazil) tipioca "juice of a pressed cassava," from tipi "residue, dregs" + og, ok "to squeeze out" (from roots of the cassava plant).


n. A starchy food made from the cassava plant used in puddings.


n. granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings


Tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava root (Manihot esculenta). This species is native to the North Region of Brazil, but spread throughout the South American continent. The plant was carried by Portuguese and Spanish explorers to most of the West Indies, and continents of Africa and Asia, including the Philippines and Taiwan. It is now cultivated worldwide.

A staple food in many world regions, tapioca is used as a thickening agent in various foods.

Tapioca (disambiguation)

Tapioca can mean:

  • Tapioca, a food ingredient
  • The plant from which the food is made, Manihot esculenta
  • Tapioca (framework), a framework for VoIP applications
  • General Tapioca, a fictional character from The Adventures of Tintin
Tapioca (framework)

Tapioca is a free framework for Voice over IP and instant messaging. Its main goal is to provide an easy way for developing and using VoIP and IM services in any kind of application. It was designed to be cross-platform, lightweight, thread-safe, having mobile devices and applications in mind. It is fully interoperable with Google Talk. It is released under the GNU LGPL.

Tapioca's main goals are:

  • Create a solution that integrates all components used by VoIP and IM applications in a single, reliable and easy to use framework, which is able to work on different platforms.
  • Spare resources, providing central services for multiple applications. e.g.: The control of all incoming and outgoing SIP requests are managed by the SIP service, avoiding the creation of one SIP stack and allocation of a network port for each SIP-based application.
  • Reduce the overhead of control layers and library dependencies.

Usage examples of "tapioca".

Pepper and some other spices flourish, and the soil with but a little cultivation produces rice wet and dry, tapioca, gambier, sugar-cane, coffee, yams, sweet potatoes, cocoa, sago, cotton, tea, cinchona, india rubber, and indigo.

They are chiefly sugar, pepper, tin, nutmegs, mace, sago, tapioca, rice, buffalo hides and horns, rattans, gutta, india rubber, gambier, gums, coffee, dye-stuffs, and tobacco, but the island itself, though its soil looks rich from its redness, only produces pepper and gambier.

The influence of Holland has altogether vanished, as is fitting, for she cared only for nutmegs, sago, tapioca, tin and pepper.

Now, in this country, barren of all cultivation, they could not depend upon the tapioca, the sorgho, the maize, and the fruits, which formed the vegetable food of the native tribes.

Rice 1 40 Cacao 3 20 Coffee 3 50 Farina 75 Tapioca 3 00 Pure rubber 11 50 Plassaba cord 6 50 Tobacco 1 50 Sarsparilla 11 50 The Brazilian arroba is seven pounds heavier than the Spanish.

Whitman had been a twenty-five-year-old student of architectural engineering at the University of Texas when he'd gone tapioca pudding.

The true starch of the Mandioca is known to commerce as Brazilian arrowroot, and this, after heating on hot plates and stirring with an iron rod, becomes tapioca.

Some weak tea and them plain digestive biscuits, it's all I can take, with a bit of banana and tapioca, which they get from a nearby village.

Brazilian Arrowroot, or Tapioca Meal, is obtained from Manihot utilissima (bitter) and M.

But, as it turns out, you can't stick tapioca pudding into anything.

Qwilleran, who had never encountered a plate of macaroni and cheese he didn't like, ordered the special with sanguine expectation but found the pasta cooked to the consistency of tapioca pudding.

Connie, covered with running sores, stumbled to Danny and hugged him, though he had turned to tapioca pudding and was melting.

Trolls conferenced in the darkest corners, elves engaged in slavish banter, and something like a squashed sphinx limped slowly past on all four legs, complaining mightily to an attentive retinue of sylphs whose sleek flesh jiggled like tapioca pudding.

We're stuck through the ages, with the bonds cemented by sticky rice and tapioca pudding.

Dessert was tapioca pudding, but it was well flavored and served with little cookies that tasted of anise.