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cacao

[ kuh-kah-oh, -key-oh ]
/ kəˈkɑ oʊ, -ˈkeɪ oʊ /
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noun, plural ca·ca·os.
a small tropical American evergreen tree, Theobroma cacao, cultivated for its seeds, the source of cocoa, chocolate, etc.
Also cocoa. the fruit or seeds of this tree.
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Origin of cacao

First recorded in 1545–55; from Spanish, from Nahuatl cacahuatl “cacao seeds”

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cacao

cacao , chocolate, cocoa
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British Dictionary definitions for cacao

cacao
/ (kəˈkɑːəʊ, -ˈkeɪəʊ) /

noun
a small tropical American evergreen tree, Theobroma cacao, having yellowish flowers and reddish-brown seed pods from which cocoa and chocolate are prepared: family Sterculiaceae
cacao bean another name for cocoa bean
cacao butter another name for cocoa butter

Word Origin for cacao

C16: from Spanish, from Nahuatl cacauatl cacao beans
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