Definition of tapioca noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌtæpiˈəʊkə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtæpiˈoʊkə//
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hard white grains obtained from the cassava plant, often cooked with milk to make a dessert (= a sweet dish) Word Originearly 18th cent.: from Tupi-Guarani tipioca, from tipi ‘dregs’ + og, ok ‘squeeze out’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tapioca