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Pudding most often refers to a dessert, but it can also be a savory dish.

pudding n 1: any of various soft thick unsweetened baked dishes; "corn pudding" 2: (British) the dessert course of a meal (`pud' is used informally) [syn: {pud}] 3: any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed

106 Moby Thesaurus words for "pudding": Charlotte, albumen, batter, blubber, bonnyclabber, breeze, butter, carrot pudding, cataplasm, chocolate mousse, clabber, clay, cornstarch, cream, crush, curd, cushion, custard, dental pulp, dough, down, duff, egg white, eiderdown, feather bed, feathers, flan, fleece, floss, flue, fluff, foam, gaum, gel, gelatin, glair, glop, glue, gluten, goo, gook, goop, gruel, gumbo, gunk, jam, jell, jelly, junket, kapok, loblolly, mash, molasses, mousse, mucilage, mucus, mush, pap, paper pulp, paste, pillow, pith, plaster, plum pudding, plush, porridge, poultice, puff, pulp, pulp lead, pulpwood, puree, putty, rag pulp, rennet, rob, rubber, satin, sauce, semifluid, semiliquid, silk, size, smash, soup, sponge, squash, starch, steamed pudding, sticky mess, sulfate pulp, sulfite pulp, swansdown, syllabub, syrup, tapioca pudding, thistledown, treacle, trifle, vanilla pudding, velvet, wax, white lead, wood pulp, wool, zephyr

Pudding \Pud"ding\, n. [Cf. F. boudin black pudding, sausage, L. botulus, botellus, a sausage, G. & Sw. pudding pudding, Dan. podding, pudding, LG. puddig thick, stumpy, W. poten, potten, also E. pod, pout, v.] 1. A species of food of a soft or moderately hard consistence, variously made, but often a compound of flour or meal, with milk and eggs, etc. [1913 Webster] And solid pudding against empty praise. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything resembling, or of the softness and consistency of, pudding. [1913 Webster] 3. An intestine; especially, an intestine stuffed with meat, etc.; a sausage. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Any food or victuals. [1913 Webster] Eat your pudding, slave, and hold your tongue. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 5. (Naut.) Same as {Puddening}. [1913 Webster] {Pudding grass} (Bot.), the true pennyroyal ({Mentha Pulegium}), formerly used to flavor stuffing for roast meat. --Dr. Prior. {Pudding pie}, a pudding with meat baked in it. --Taylor (1630). {Pudding pipe} (Bot.), the long, cylindrical pod of the leguminous tree {Cassia Fistula}. The seeds are separately imbedded in a sweetish pulp. See {Cassia}. {Pudding sleeve}, a full sleeve like that of the English clerical gown. --Swift. {Pudding stone}. (Min.) See {Conglomerate}, n., 2. {Pudding time}. (a) The time of dinner, pudding being formerly the dish first eaten. [Obs.] --Johnson. (b) The nick of time; critical time. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Mars, that still protects the stout, In pudding time came to his aid. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]


Tapioca () is a starch extracted from cassava (Manihot esculenta). This species is native to Brazil but spread throughout the Americas.

tapioca n : granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings

Tapioca \Tap`i*o"ca\, n. [Braz. tapioka: cf. Pg., Sp. & F. tapioca.] A coarsely granular substance obtained by heating, and thus partly changing, the moistened starch obtained from the roots of the cassava. It is much used in puddings and as a thickening for soups. See {Cassava}. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • pudding: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • pudding: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • pudding: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • tapioca: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • tapioca: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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