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  1. a powder made from roasted, husked, and ground seeds of the cacao, Theobroma cacao, from which much of the fat has been removed.
  2. cacao(def 2).
  3. a beverage made by mixing cocoa powder with hot milk or water.
  4. brown; yellowish brown; reddish brown.
  1. of or relating to cocoa.
  2. of the color of cocoa.

Origin of cocoa1

1700–10; earlier cocao, cacoa, variant of cacao


  1. coco.

Origin of cocoa2

1545–55; misspelling of coco, by confusion with cocoa1


  1. a city in E central Florida.
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  1. a powder made from cocoa beans after they have been roasted, ground, and freed from most of their fatty oil
  2. a hot or cold drink made from cocoa and milk or water
    1. a light to moderate brown colour
    2. (as adjective)cocoa paint

Word Origin

C18: altered from cacao
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cocoa


powder from cacao seeds, 1707, corruption (by influence of coco) of cacao. The printing of Johnson's dictionary ran together the entries for coco and cocoa, fostering a confusion that never has been undone.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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