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cacao


noun, plural ca·ca·os.

  1. a small tropical American evergreen tree, Theobroma cacao, cultivated for its seeds, the source of cocoa, chocolate, etc.
  2. Also cocoa. the fruit or seeds of this tree.

noun

  1. a small tropical American evergreen tree, Theobroma cacao, having yellowish flowers and reddish-brown seed pods from which cocoa and chocolate are prepared: family Sterculiaceae
  2. cacao bean another name for cocoa bean
  3. cacao butter another name for cocoa butter
n.

seed from which cocoa and chocolate are made, 1550s, from Spanish cacao, from Nahuatl (Aztec) cacaua, root form of cacahuatl “bean of the cocoa-tree.”

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