cocoa

noun

co·​coa ˈkō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
3
: a medium brown color

Examples of cocoa in a Sentence

The recipe calls for three tablespoons of cocoa.
Recent Examples on the Web This heavenly sponge cake can be made with the basic recipe or enhanced with lemon extract or cocoa. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 12 Feb. 2024 Chocolate syrups all have the same basic ingredients: sugar, cocoa and water. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 The food depicted on the table includes African rice, breadfruit, catfish, chicken, cocoa, custard apple and soursop. Margherita Bassi, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 Official tasting notes for the ten-year-old include pipe tobacco, oak, and butterscotch on the palate, while the 12-year-old is said to be more oak-forward and have notes of fruit and cocoa. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 5 Feb. 2024 Add almond flour, cocoa, and salt and mix until incorporated, about 30 seconds. 5. Steve Dunn, Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 The best food sources for magnesium are seeds like chia and pumpkin, legumes like soy, whole grains including brown rice, fatty fish, dark leafy greens and dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa). Sheah Rarback, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Our version of torta caprese contains melted butter and bittersweet chocolate as well as vanilla, cocoa powder, and salt that boost the chocolate’s complexity. Steve Dunn, Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 The third whiskey is a 10-year-old single malt finished in Grand Cru Burgundy casks from Côte d’Or (94 proof), leading with more tannic oak and followed by cocoa, dark chocolate, and fresh raspberry notes. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 4 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

modification of Spanish cacao

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cocoa was in 1730

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Cite this Entry

“Cocoa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cocoa. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

cocoa

noun
co·​coa ˈkō-kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio)
1
: a cacao tree
2
a
: powdered ground cacao beans from which some of the fat has been removed
b
: a beverage made from heating cocoa with water or milk

Medical Definition

cocoa

noun
co·​coa ˈkō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio)
1
2
a
: 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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