cocoa bean


plural cocoa beans
: a dried, fermented, fatty seed of the fruit of a South American tropical evergreen tree (Theobroma cacao of the family Sterculiaceae) that is used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter : cacao sense 1
The cocoa bean contains cocoa solids (particles) and about 53 percent cocoa butter.Rose Levy Beranbaum

Examples of cocoa bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even Hugh Grant, delightful in the role of an Oompa-Loompa — a miniature creature seeking restitution from Willy for the cocoa beans our hero has harvested without permission — is underused, entering the film late and then hardly given any screen time. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 Lead, on the other hand, can get onto the cocoa beans after harvest, potentially from dust and soil while beans dry outside (especially if they are dried near highways or factories that use lead). Cathy Cassata, Health, 15 Nov. 2023 In October, the AP followed a van loaded with bags of cocoa beans from the conservation zone to an Olam warehouse outside the entrance of the forest. Taiwo Adebayo, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Dec. 2023 The very first day of testimony, Oct. 4, the prosecution had called up its first witness, a cocoa bean trader named Marc-Antoine Julliard who had personally lost $100,000 of crypto when FTX went bust last year. Byjessica Mathews, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2023 Sustainability and the use of fair trade cocoa beans are priorities for Lantry, who sources beans from farmers in countries such as Haiti, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia. Roxana Becerril, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2023 The global chocolate industry is a multibillion-dollar confection, and Africa grows 70 percent of the world’s raw cocoa beans. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2023 Although two-thirds of the world's cocoa beans are harvested in the West African nations of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, most chocolate is actually manufactured in the U.S. and Europe. David Morgan, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2023 Correspondent Seth Doane visits Ghana, where much of the world's cocoa beans are grown, and talks with candymakers who are working to cultivate chocolate free from child labor, and help harvesters earn a living wage. David Morgan, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cocoa bean was in 1799

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“Cocoa bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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