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 for Cassava
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cassava \Cas"sa*va\ (k[a^]s"s[.a]*v[.a]), n. [F. cassave, Sp.
     cazabe, fr. kasabi, in the language of Haiti.]
     1. (Bot.) A shrubby euphorbiaceous plant of the genus
        Manihot, with fleshy rootstocks yielding an edible
        starch; -- called also manioc.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: There are two species, bitter and sweet, from which the
           cassava of commerce is prepared in the West Indies,
           tropical America, and Africa. The bitter ({Manihot
           utilissima) is the more important; this has a
           poisonous sap, but by grating, pressing, and baking the
           root the poisonous qualities are removed. The sweet
           ({Manihot Aipi) is used as a table vegetable.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. A nutritious starch obtained from the rootstocks of the
        cassava plant, used as food and in making tapioca.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a starch made by leaching and drying the root of the
           cassava plant; the source of tapioca; a staple food in the
           tropics [syn: cassava, cassava starch, manioc,
      2: cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and
         leaching; source of tapioca [syn: cassava, manioc]
      3: any of several plants of the genus Manihot having fleshy
         roots yielding a nutritious starch [syn: cassava, casava]

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