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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Washington Post depicted children from Burkina Faso who were working on Ivorian cocoa farms. Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post, "On Valentine’s Day, a push to keep companies from making chocolate with cocoa grown with child labor," 14 Feb. 2020 Sift cocoa over remaining frosting and beat on medium speed until combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Torie Cox, Country Living, "Carrot Patch Cupcakes," 11 Feb. 2020 Raspberries with the briar of a three-day van ride with your mates join forces with rose petals and unsweetened cocoa. oregonlive, "6 Oregon pinot noirs you can buy for $20 or less," 6 Feb. 2020 And then the kill shot: milk chocolate mousse with almond cookie butter, salted caramel, crème fraiche and cocoa crumbs. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "When choosing family, they also choose you, too," 27 Jan. 2020 They're infused with moisturizing cocoa extract to keep lips supple and soft. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Etude House Just Teamed Up With Hershey’s Chocolate on Its Sweetest Collection Yet," 23 Jan. 2020 In addition to tours of its cocoa production, the estate has a large restaurant notable for its open-air design, which allows a flow of Caribbean breezes. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Grenada: Why you should check out the Caribbean's underappreciated Spice Island," 16 Jan. 2020 Meghan was absolutely glowing while wearing a chic, monochromatic outfit complete with a deep cocoa turtleneck sweater, a matching brown, sleek midi slip skirt paired with a Reiss camel wool coat, and satin, . Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wraps Up in a Chic Camel Coat for Her Return to the Public Eye," 7 Jan. 2020 In a large bowl, sift together sugar, both flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Party planning? This chocolate cake with mascarpone pumpkin frosting is even better made in advance," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of cocoa was in 1730

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18 Feb 2020

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“Cocoa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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