cash·​ew ˈka-(ˌ)shü How to pronounce cashew (audio)
: 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

Examples of cashew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nuts and seeds Peanuts, cashews, pistachios, and sesame seeds are among the top nut/seed sources. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 11 Apr. 2024 Pick up some almonds, cashews, or pistachios, and sprinkle them on your oatmeal for some crunch. Ashia Aubourg, SELF, 6 Feb. 2024 Questions should be directed to cashew supplier Wenders LLC, in Dublin, at Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 21 Mar. 2024 The recalled product was sold at Trader Joe’s retail locations across the country, impacting cashew lovers across 16 states. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 Though no Salmonella infections have yet been reported in connection to this cashew recall, the potential contamination is a major health concern. Julia Landwehr, Health, 19 Mar. 2024 Trader Joe’s is recalling a cashew product due to possible salmonella contamination, the company announced over the weekend. Caroline Petrow-Cohen, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 The cashew recall marks Trader Joe's second major recall this month. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 19 Mar. 2024 Replacing the cashew puree (in part because of her kids’ allergies) at the heart of the butter chicken — a standout — is a silky tomato-forward broth. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Portuguese cajú, acajú, from Tupi akajú

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cashew was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Cashew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an edible nut that is shaped like a kidney and comes from a tropical American tree that is related to the sumacs
also : the tree that produces cashews

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