an·​a·​car·​di·​um | \ ˌanəˈkärdēəm \

Definition of anacardium

1 capitalized : a small genus of tropical American trees (the type of the family Anacardiaceae) having kidney-shaped fruit borne at the apex of a fleshy receptacle — see cashew
2 plural anacardia\ -​dēə \ : a plant of the genus Anacardium

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First Known Use of anacardium

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anacardium

New Latin, from ana- + Greek kardia heart + New Latin -ium; from the heartlike shape of the top of the fruit stem

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“Anacardium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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