co·​coa | \ˈkō-(ˌ)kō \

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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Kylie Jenner's gaze-encasing interpretation of her leopard print top—a smudged cocoa edged along both lashlines before extending into a softly swung cat-eye—is a holiday-ready win. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner Takes Leopard to Lid-Level (and More!)," 18 Nov. 2018 The liquid that comes out of this process becomes the cocoa butter used to make your favorite chocolate bar; any residue is turned into cocoa powder. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chocolate has an even earlier origin than we thought, new study finds," 29 Oct. 2018 After all, nothing pairs better with cold weather and hot cocoa than corny rom-coms and films boasting Christmas miracles. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Here's Every Netflix Original Christmas Movie Coming This Winter," 18 Oct. 2018 The cocoa confection was designed and manufactured by artisan chocolatier Jean-Luc Decluzeau and features everything from chocolate walls and roof, fireplace, dresser, clock, cups, books and even a chocolate chandelier. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Cottage in France made entirely of chocolate available to book for a limited time," 25 Sep. 2018 In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa and salt. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanks, Mom: Readers share food legacy their mothers left them," 8 May 2018 About 95 percent of world cocoa output is produced by small farmers, many of whom still use traditional growing methods. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Why Hershey Is Investing $500 Million in Its Chocolate Kisses," 3 Apr. 2018 Graceful flavors of red currants, Bing cherry, cocoa powder and spices, all backed by mild tannins. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 In a bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Ben Mims, WSJ, "Could This Appliance Replace Your Oven?," 16 Aug. 2018

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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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cocoa bean

cocoa brown

cocoa butter

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English Language Learners Definition of cocoa

: a brown powder made from roasted cocoa beans that is used to give a chocolate flavor to foods

: a hot drink of milk or water mixed with cocoa


co·​coa | \ˈkō-kō \

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 \

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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