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cacao

[kuh-kah-oh, -key-oh] /kəˈkɑ oʊ, -ˈkeɪ oʊ/
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 of cacao
1545-1555
1545-55; < Spanish < Nahuatl cacahuatl cacao seeds
Can be confused
cacao, chocolate, coca, cocoa, coke.
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cacao

/kəˈkɑːəʊ; -ˈkeɪəʊ/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, from Nahuatl cacauatl cacao beans

cocoa

/ˈkəʊkəʊ/
noun
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.
  1. a light to moderate brown colour
  2. (as adjective): cocoa paint
Word Origin
C18: altered from cacao
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n.

seed from which cocoa and chocolate are made, 1550s, from Spanish cacao, from Nahuatl (Aztec) cacaua, root form of cacahuatl "bean of the cocoa-tree."

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