cacao

[kuh-kah-oh, -key-oh]
noun, plural cacaos.
1.
a small tropical American evergreen tree, Theobroma cacao, cultivated for its seeds, the source of cocoa, chocolate, etc.
2.
Also, cocoa. the fruit or seeds of this tree.

Origin:
1545–55; < Spanish < Nahuatl cacahuatl cacao seeds

cacao, chocolate, coca, cocoa, coke.
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cacao (kəˈkɑːəʊ, -ˈkeɪəʊ)
 
n
1.  a small tropical American evergreen tree, Theobroma cacao, having yellowish flowers and reddish-brown seed pods from which cocoa and chocolate are prepared: family Sterculiaceae
2.  cacao bean another name for cocoa bean
3.  cacao butter another name for cocoa butter
 
[C16: from Spanish, from Nahuatl cacauatl cacao beans]

cocoa or cacao (ˈkəʊkəʊ)
 
n
1.  a powder made from cocoa beans after they have been roasted, ground, and freed from most of their fatty oil
2.  a hot or cold drink made from cocoa and milk or water
3.  a.  a light to moderate brown colour
 b.  (as adjective): cocoa paint
 
[C18: altered from cacao]
 
cacao or cacao
 
n
 
[C18: altered from cacao]

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cacao
seed from which cocoa and chocolate are made, 1550s, from Sp. cacao, from Nahuatl (Aztec) cacaua, root form of cacahuatl "bean of the cocoa-tree."
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Example sentences
Yesterday, the featured demonstration was about cooking-or rather, not
  cooking-with cacao.
There is no profit in going to such lengths to buy coffee or cacao, or other
  alternative crops.
Researchers are racing to fortify the embattled cacao tree and to meet
  increasing demand for cocoa made from its seeds.
Bananas, cacao and bee-pollinated crops are all threatened with collapse in
  part because of their monoculture management.
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