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[ak-uh-zhoo, -joo]
  1. the wood of any of several species of mahogany.
  2. the cashew tree, its nuts, or resin.
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Origin of acajou

1715–25; < French < Portuguese acajú; see cashew
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Examples from the Web for acajou

Historical Examples

  • Acajou in French, signifies mahogany, as it does also in Louisiana Creole.

    "Gombo Zhbes"

    Lafcadio Hearn

  • Du Clos, origin of his fairy tale of Acajou and Zirphile, and account of his satirical preface to it, ii.

British Dictionary definitions for acajou


  1. a type of mahogany used by cabinet-makers in France
  2. a less common name for cashew
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Word Origin

C18: via French from Portuguese acajú, from Tupi
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