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
Examples of cacao in a Sentence
a farmer who grows cacao
Recent Examples of cacao from the Web
With just two ingredients: raw cacao and raw agave nectar, the folks at Go Raw have managed to create a rich, smooth chocolatey treat, individually wrapped in squares that offer built-in portion control.
While there's no wrong way to eat a Reese’s, that might not be the case with raw cacao.
Fold in bittersweet chocolate (at least 60% cacao) rather than the semisweet or milk varieties.
Stumptown coffee concentrate is blended with the boozy ingredients, and rounded out with some cacao and Ancho chili liqueur.
The pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini has started a bean-to-bar chocolate company, sourcing his raw cacao from farms in Jamaica, South America, Tanzania and Vietnam.
Along with cucumber-pineapple-jalapeño juice and almond milk, the first Moon Juice sold organic bananas with walnut butter and cacao cashew snack bites.
Rich chocolate cake made with Andean cacao comes with lucuma ice cream made with a fruit paste that tastes like butterscotch and pumpkin.
Add almond flour, ground cacao nibs, and shredded coconut and pulse just to combine.
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Origin and Etymology of cacao
Spanish, from Nahuatl cacahuatl
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
CACAO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cacao for English Language Learners
: the dried seeds of a tropical tree that are used to make cocoa and chocolate
CACAO Defined for Kids
Definition of cacao for Students
: a South American tree with fleshy yellow pods that contain fatty seeds from which chocolate is made
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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