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cashew

[kash-oo, kuh-shoo] /ˈkæʃ u, kəˈʃu/
noun
1.
a tree, Anacardium occidentale, native to tropical America, having milky juice, simple, leathery leaves, and yellowish-pink flowers in open clusters.
2.
Also called cashew nut. the small, kidney-shaped, edible nut of this tree.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Portuguese cajú, aphetic variant of acajú < Tupi akaʾiu
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British Dictionary definitions for cashews

cashew

/ˈkæʃuː; kæˈʃuː/
noun
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
Word Origin
C18: from Portuguese cajú, from Tupi acajú
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Word Origin and History for cashews

cashew

n.

1703, a shortening of French acajou, from older Portuguese acajú from Tupi (Brazil) acajuba, name of the tree that produces the nut.

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