from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A powdery starch obtained from the trunks of certain sago palms and used in Asia as a food thickener and textile stiffener.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A powdered starch obtained from certain palms used as a food thickener.
  • n. Any of the palms from which sago is extracted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dry granulated starch imported from the East Indies, much used for making puddings and as an article of diet for the sick; also, as starch, for stiffening textile fabrics. It is prepared from the stems of several East Indian and Malayan palm trees, but chiefly from the Metroxylon Sagu; also from several cycadaceous plants (Cycas revoluta, Zamia integrifolia, etc.).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An amylaceous food derived from the soft spongy interior, the so-called “pith,” of the trunks of various palms. (See sago-palm.)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. powdery starch from certain sago palms; used in Asia as a food thickener and textile stiffener


Malay sagu, mealy pith.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Malay sagu, via Portuguese or Dutch. (Wiktionary)



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  • Oh, I love sago pudding. It was one of my favourites as a child, second only to hasty pudding.

    April 21, 2008

  • Maybe a little carrageenan on the side? Yum!

    April 21, 2008

  • Let's here it for sago a go-go!

    April 21, 2008

  • I go, you go, we all go for a food thickener and textile stiffener.

    April 21, 2008