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 In addition to macarons, the menu includes tiramisu, scones, cookies, brownies, Keto snacks and cocoa bombs. Marc Bona, cleveland, "The Macaron Tea Room opens in Eton Chagrin Boulevard today (photos)," 12 Feb. 2021 Most of the world’s cocoa comes from Africa, but chocolate is rarely made there. Ann Trieger Kurland,, "A Valentine’s Day chocolate that spreads the love," 26 Jan. 2021 Add cocoa powder to food processor and pulse a few times until combined. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Rum-Spiked Chai, Johnny Weir Mint Mocha, Mulled Bloody Mary, Bourbon-Spiked Cider," 13 Jan. 2021 Using a fine-mesh sieve, sift the cocoa powder over the mixture and whisk until no lumps remain. Washington Post, "One-bowl snacking cakes are everything exhausted bakers need now," 15 Dec. 2020 Using a whisk, mix well to make sure the chocolate is melted and the cocoa powder is dissolved. Leticia Moreinos Schwartz, Bon Appétit, "Brigadeiros Are My Rich, Fudgy Holiday Gift of Choice," 9 Dec. 2020 Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ways to glam up 3 traditional Christmas cookie doughs," 8 Dec. 2020 In a 12-ounce mug, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Red Velvet Mug Cake," 8 Dec. 2020 The brewery says the beer is a blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels and foudres for up to two years, then infused with Dutch cocoa powder, cardamom seeds and fresh orange zest. oregonlive, "Oregon beer news and notes: Hop Valley continental expansion planned by parent Molson Coors," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Feb 2021

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“Cocoa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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