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A starchy material obtained from the interior of the trunk on any of several Old World palms and cycads from the genera Cycas, Caryota, Arenga, Borassus and Metroxylon. Sago is used as a food thickener and a textile finishing agent.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Pearl sago

sago starch; pearl sago

Resources and Citations

  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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