cash·​ew | \ˈka-(ˌ)shü, kə-ˈshü\

Definition of cashew 

: a tropical American tree (Anacardium occidentale of the family Anacardiaceae, the cashew family) grown for a phenolic oil and the edible kernel of its nut and for a gum from its stem also : cashew nut

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Crafty takes on ordinarily meat-rich dishes like cashew-queso cheese nachos and heavily-powdered beignets strike just the right balance between vice and virtue. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Beignets in New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 At his shop in Istanbul, Serdal Turhan sells walnuts, almonds and cashews in lira, but buys them in dollars. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Bargain Hunters in Turkey, Argentina Struggle With Inflation," 12 Sep. 2018 And four-ingredient cashew cream is another versatile choice, as is hummus or tahini, whether used on its own or mixed with herbs and spices. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Quick and easy garnishes to glam up your plain, boring food," 4 Sep. 2018 Each wood piece goes through a process that includes painting with tree resin and cashew-nut oil, underwater sanding, and applications of color and decoration. Kristin Hohenadel, ELLE Decor, "Taking a Shine," 17 May 2012 The dairy industry has complained for almost 20 years that the FDA hasn’t policed this definition as products made from soy, almonds, cashews, rice, hemp, and oats have filled shelves in the dairy aisle. Umair Irfan, Vox, "“Fake milk”: why the dairy industry is boiling over plant-based milks," 31 Aug. 2018 Cover with plastic wrap, pressing onto surface of cashew cream. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety," 26 July 2018 The reference is versatile, just like this cashew cream! Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "I'm Not Even Vegan and I Love This Vegan Cashew Cream," 30 Apr. 2018 Serves 12 · Vegetable oil · 1 cup brown rice syrup · ⅔ cup peanut butter, almond butter, smooth cashew butter or hazelnut butter · 1 dash umeboshi vinegar · 1 dash vanilla extract · 3 cups puffed brown rice cereal 1. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of cashew

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cashew

Portuguese cajú, acajú, from Tupi akajú

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English Language Learners Definition of cashew

: a type of roasted nut that has a curved shape


cash·​ew | \ˈka-shü \

Kids Definition of cashew

: a curved edible nut that comes from a tropical American tree

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