- a starchy foodstuff derived from the soft interior of the trunk of various palms and cycads, used in making puddings.
- a starchy cereal obtained from the powdered pith of a sago palm, used for puddings and as a thickening agent
n.“starch made of the piths of palms,” 1570s, via Portuguese and Dutch from Malay sagu, the name of the palm tree from which it is obtained (attested in English in this sense from 1550s). Cf. French sagou, Spanish sagu, German Sago.