1 mass noun The starchy tuberous root of a tropical tree, used as food in tropical countries.
1.1 Starch or flour obtained from cassava.
Also called manioc
2 The shrubby tree from which cassava is obtained, native to tropical America and cultivated throughout the tropics.
Genus Manihot, family Euphorbiaceae: several species
Mid 16th century: from Taino casávi, cazábbi, influenced by French cassave.
While I didn’t think about it over the years, I’ve regularly eaten cassava in the form of tapioca, my favorite pudding.