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cacao

noun ca·cao \kə-ˈka, kə-ˈkā-(ˌ)ō\

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

plural cacaos

Full Definition of CACAO

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
:  a tree having small yellowish flowers followed by fleshy pods from which cacao is obtained
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Examples of CACAO

  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

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with CACAO

CACAOS Defined for Kids

cacao

noun ca·cao \kə-ˈka, kə-ˈkā-ō\
plural cacaos

Definition of CACAO for Kids

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

cacao

noun ca·cao \kə-ˈka, kə-ˈkā-(ˌ)ō\
plural cacaos

Medical Definition of CACAO

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

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