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mocha

[moh-kuh] /ˈmoʊ kə/
noun
1.
(initial capital letter). Also, Mukha. a seaport in the Republic of Yemen on the Red Sea.
2.
a choice variety of coffee, originally grown in Arabia.
3.
a flavoring obtained from a coffee infusion or a combined infusion of chocolate and coffee.
4.
a brownish chocolate color.
5.
a glove leather, finer and thinner than doeskin, the best grades of which are made from Arabian goatskins.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75 for def 2
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British Dictionary definitions for mocha

mocha

/ˈmɒkə/
noun
1.
a strongly flavoured dark brown coffee originally imported from Arabia
2.
a flavouring made from coffee and chocolate
3.
a soft glove leather with a suede finish, made from goatskin or sheepskin
4.
  1. a dark brown colour
  2. (as adjective): mocha shoes

Mocha

/ˈmɒkə/
noun
1.
a port in Yemen, on the Red Sea; in the former North Yemen until 1990: formerly important for the export of Arabian coffee. Pop: 14 562 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for mocha
n.

1733, "fine coffee," from Mocha, Red Sea port of Yemen, from which coffee was exported. Meaning "mixture of coffee and chocolate" first recorded 1849. As a shade of dark brown, it is attested from 1895.

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Encyclopedia Article for mocha

Mocha

town, southwestern Yemen, on the Red Sea and the Tihamah coastal plain. Yemen's most renowned historic port, it lies at the head of a shallow bay between two headlands, with an unprotected anchorage 1.5 miles (2.5 km) offshore. It was long famous as Arabia's chief coffee-exporting centre; the term mocha and variations of the word have entered European languages as a synonym for the high-quality coffee of the species Coffea arabica, still grown in the Yemen Highlands and formerly exported through the town.

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