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- n. a starch made by leaching and drying the root of the cassava plant; the source of tapioca; a staple food in the tropics
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The principal form in which cassava is eaten in West Africa is as a fermented meal known as 'gari', while in Central and South America a product, 'farinha de manioca' which is similar to 'gari' except that much less fermentation occurs during its preparation, is very popular.
He instructed the people in the arts of hunting and agriculture, especially in the culture and preparation of the manioca plant, their chief source of vegetable food.
Then, observing a piece of manioca cake that had been dropped by some one at supper, he took it up and ate it almost ravenously.
While I search out a recipe for my preferred dish for the morning - the Eggs à la Turque, I give you the following idea - nicer than manioca perhaps?