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cacao

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noun, ca·cao \kə-ˈkau̇, kə-ˈkā-(ˌ)ō\

Simple Definition of cacao

  • : the dried seeds of a tropical tree that are used to make cocoa and chocolate

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cacao

plural cacaos

  1. 1 :  the dried partly fermented fatty seeds of a South American evergreen tree (Theobroma cacao of the family Sterculiaceae) that are used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter —called also cacao bean, cocoa bean

  2. 2 :  a tree having small yellowish flowers followed by fleshy pods from which cacao is obtained

Examples of cacao in a sentence

  1. a farmer who grows cacao



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Origin of cacao

Spanish, from Nahuatl cacahuatl


First Known Use: 1555

Other Seed Plant Terms

Rhymes with cacao


CACAO Defined for Kids

cacao

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noun ca·cao \kə-ˈkau̇, kə-ˈkā-ō\

Definition of cacao for Students

plural cacaos

  1. :  a South American tree with fleshy yellow pods that contain fatty seeds from which chocolate is made




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cacao

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noun ca·cao \kə-ˈkau̇, kə-ˈkā-(ˌ)ō\

Medical Definition of cacao

plural cacaos

  1. 1:  the dried partly fermented fatty seeds of a South American evergreen tree (Theobroma cacao of the family Sterculiaceae) that are used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter—called also cacao bean, cocoa bean

  2. 2:  a tree having small yellowish flowers followed by fleshy pods with many seeds that bear cacao—called also chocolate tree




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