cashew nut


[kash-oo, kuh-shoo]
a tree, Anacardium occidentale, native to tropical America, having milky juice, simple, leathery leaves, and yellowish-pink flowers in open clusters.
Also called cashew nut. the small, kidney-shaped, edible nut of this tree.

1695–1705; < Portuguese cajú, aphetic variant of acajú < Tupi akaʾiu Unabridged
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cashew (ˈkæʃuː, kæˈʃuː)
1.  a tropical American anacardiaceous evergreen tree, Anacardium occidentale, bearing kidney-shaped nuts that protrude from a fleshy receptacle
2.  Also called: cashew nut the edible nut of this tree
[C18: from Portuguese cajú, from Tupi acajú]

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Word Origin & History

1704, aphetic of Fr. acajou, from older Port. acajú from Tupi (Brazil) acajuba, name of the tree that produces the nut.
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