cassava

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cassava

(kă-sah′vă) [Sp. cazabe]
A group of perennial herbs of the genus Manihot. The plant is one of the most efficient converters of solar energy to carbohydrate. The root of M. esculenta provides an excellent source of starch and can thrive in poor, dry, acid soils. To be suitable for eating, the root is processed by one of several methods to remove or control the amount of cyanide present. Tapioca is made from cassava.
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A esquerda do indio, uma plantacao de mandioca (Manihot utilissima), tuberculo nativo fundamental nao so para a alimentacao indigena, mas tambem para os colonos europeus; ao fundo, a sua direita, um rio de fartas aguas corre, com indios banhando-se e lavando roupas proximo a margem, uma canoa que atravessa o rio e outra embarcacao, a vela, que se dirige para uma casa-grande de paredes brancas e telhas vermelhas a beira d'agua.
Bolhuis, G.G., "Influence of length of the illumination period on root formation in cassava (Manihot utilissima Pohl.)," Netherlands Journal of Agricultural Science, 14(4), pp.