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

  • noun A bitter, colorless alkaloid, C7H8N4O2, present in cacao beans and in smaller amounts in tea leaves, kola nuts, and other plant parts, and used in medicine as a diuretic, vasodilator, and myocardial stimulant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A crystalline alkaloid (C7H8N4O2), forming salts with acids, volatile and very bitter.

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

  • noun (Chem.) An alkaloidal ureide, C7H8N4O2, homologous with and resembling caffeine, produced artificially, and also extracted from cacao and chocolate (from Theobroma Cacao) as a bitter white crystalline substance; -- called also dimethyl xanthine.

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

  • noun chemistry An alkaloid, of similar structure to caffeine, found in chocolate and cocoa.

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Theobrōma, tree genus (Greek theo-, theo- + brōma, food) + –ine.]

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From the genus Theobroma.

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