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[kash-oo, kuh-shoo]
  1. a tree, Anacardium occidentale, native to tropical America, having milky juice, simple, leathery leaves, and yellowish-pink flowers in open clusters.
  2. Also called cashew nut. the small, kidney-shaped, edible nut of this tree.
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Origin of cashew

1695–1705; < Portuguese cajú, aphetic variant of acajú < Tupi akaʾiu
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Historical Examples of cashew

  • Those I bought were of Guava, cashew apple, citron, and lime.

    Journal of a Voyage to Brazil

    Maria Graham

  • But all the information we could glean was that they were called French cashew.

    Jungle Peace

    William Beebe

  • Why are the varieties of the cashew tribe, called varnish-trees?

  • The cashew thus vicariously sacrifices its fruit-stem for the sake of preserving its nut.

  • The fruit of the cashew is not palatable, but its juice, when distilled, produces a strong intoxicating spirit.

    The Pearl of India

    Maturin M. Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for cashew


  1. a tropical American anacardiaceous evergreen tree, Anacardium occidentale, bearing kidney-shaped nuts that protrude from a fleshy receptacle
  2. Also called: cashew nut the edible nut of this tree
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Word Origin for cashew

C18: from Portuguese cajú, from Tupi acajú
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Word Origin and History for cashew


1703, a shortening of French acajou, from older Portuguese acajú from Tupi (Brazil) acajuba, name of the tree that produces the nut.

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