Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An evergreen tropical American tree (Theobroma cacao) having leathery, ellipsoid, ten-ribbed fruits borne on the trunks and older branches.
  • noun The seed of this plant, used in making chocolate, cocoa, and cocoa butter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The chocolate-tree, Theobroma Cacao, natural order Sterculiaceæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A small evergreen tree (Theobroma Cacao) of South America and the West Indies. Its fruit contains an edible pulp, inclosing seeds about the size of an almond, from which cocoa, chocolate, and broma are prepared.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tree, Theobroma cacao, whose seed is used to make chocolate.
  • noun This tree's seed, the cocoa bean

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun tropical American tree producing cacao beans

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish, from Nahuatl cacahuatl.]

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Via Spanish, from Nahuatl cacahuatl.

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  • always confused with cocoa

    December 30, 2015