noun, plural ca·ca·os.
Origin of cacao
Examples from the Web for cacao
These villages used to harvest rubber, cacao, palm oil, and coffee beans.
Mocha is the offspring of the marriage of two plain-looking beans: coffee and cacao.
Even so, some experts predict a global shortage of cacao beans as demand keeps growing.
There are several other varieties of cacao, but none of them produce the famous food.The Food of the Gods|Brandon Head
In one range of cacao trees a banana is placed between two cacaos, and an erythrina between the two following.
The alignement is then laid out, in which the cacao trees are to be arranged.
The fourth was composed of ground maize and cacao, and was designed especially for public festivals.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2|Hubert Howe Bancroft
Half of the cacao bean is fat, and the grinding breaks up the cells and liberates the fat, which at blood heat melts to an oil.Cocoa and Chocolate|Arthur W. Knapp
Word Origin for cacao
seed from which cocoa and chocolate are made, 1550s, from Spanish cacao, from Nahuatl (Aztec) cacaua, root form of cacahuatl "bean of the cocoa-tree."