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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While lower cocoa prices helped improve demand more recently, there’s a growing push to discourage consumption of sugar, which makes up almost half of an average chocolate bar. Isis Almeida,, "Popcorn to ruby bars: Chocolatiers branch out to woo millennials," 12 June 2018 Experimental cacao farms spread across the islands, and during World War I shipping disruptions sent cocoa prices soaring. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "How Hawaii Became the North Pole of Cacao," 14 Feb. 2018 One of my favorites is Bourbon Barrel Traxxx Night Fury (13.5% ABV), a bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout aged on vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, coconut and peanut butter. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "7 must-go summer beer events in Michigan," 11 June 2018 There’s a sweet passion fruit glaze and it’s topped with cocoa nibs. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every Signature Doughnut at Donut Friend, Ranked," 1 June 2018 And speaking of chocolate, there’s a terrific chocolate mousse, with white milk pearls, chocolate streusel and cocoa nibs. Phil Vettel,, "Tied House review: Chef Debbie Gold shines in return to Chicago's dining scene," 27 Apr. 2018 Dande comes up with the tongue-in-cheek names, like Follow Us On Twheater (a wheat beer), Brownton Abbey (an English-style brown ale) and Like it a Latte (a sweet stout made with coffee and cocoa nibs). Pam Kragen,, "Bagby Beer's gastropub gives veganism a try," 19 Apr. 2018 Johnson makes her own makeup, lip balm, blush (from cocoa powder), mascara and shampoo. Victoria Adams Fogg, Washington Post, "She cut her weekly trash down so much it fits in an unbelievably small jar," 7 July 2018 Dust the tops with cocoa powder and garnish with banana slices and espresso beans. Fox News, "Justin Warner is cooking with Post Dream Cereals," 30 June 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

Phrases Related to cocoa

hot cocoa

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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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