co·​coa | \ ˈkō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio) \

Definition of cocoa

1a : powdered ground roasted cacao beans from which a portion of the fat has been removed
b : a beverage prepared by heating cocoa with water or milk
3 : a medium brown color

Examples of cocoa in a Sentence

The recipe calls for three tablespoons of cocoa.
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First Known Use of cocoa

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cocoa

modification of Spanish cacao

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25 May 2022

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“Cocoa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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co·​coa | \ ˈkō-kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio) \

Kids Definition of cocoa

1 : a brown powder that is made from the roasted seeds ( cocoa beans ) of the cacao tree after some of its fat is removed and that is used to make chocolate
2 : a hot drink made from cocoa powder mixed with water or milk


co·​coa | \ ˈkō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio) \

Medical Definition of cocoa

2a : powdered ground roasted cacao beans from which a portion of the fat has been removed
b : a beverage prepared by heating powdered cocoa with water or milk

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