- 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.
Origin of cacao
Examples from the Web for cacao
These villages used to harvest rubber, cacao, palm oil, and coffee beans.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Mocha is the offspring of the marriage of two plain-looking beans: coffee and cacao.4 Autumnal Desserts
November 18, 2010
Even so, some experts predict a global shortage of cacao beans as demand keeps growing.Four Chocolate Questions Answered
September 29, 2009
The cacao it was agreed should be taken to Tortuga to be sold.Captain Blood
In the aspect of a cacao plantation there is nothing specially attractive.
The only exports of Philippine produce at this date were cacao, sugar, wax, and sapanwood.
Cocoa and Chocolate are obtained from the seeds of Theobroma cacao.Breakfast Dainties
Thomas J. Murrey
No, I answer—it was not chocolate, nor cocoa, nor cacao neither.The Forest Exiles
Word Origin and History 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."