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cashew

[ kash-oo, kuh-shoo ]

noun

  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.


cashew

/ kæˈʃuː; ˈkæʃuː /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cashew1

1695–1705; < Portuguese cajú, aphetic variant of acajú < Tupi akaʾiu
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cashew1

C18: from Portuguese cajú, from Tupi acajú
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Example Sentences

Another liquid pleasure is an old-fashioned, gold with saffron liqueur, biting with ginger liqueur and softly nutty, thanks to the introduction of Scotch to cashew butter.

If you put all the green blocks in a lineup and make me guess which is asparagus square and which is pistachio and cashew square, I’ll have no idea.

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Try it out with another nut or seed butter, such as almond, cashew or sunflower seed, and it will yield similar results.

Eating apart when food is loveAnother tradition, Susan Qin said, is to wrap a cashew in one or two of the dumplings.

Using almond or cashew flour will thicken, flavor and add protein to the final gravy, which may be more velvety than perfectly smooth.

Anacard, an′a-kard, n. the cashew-nut, the fruit of the Anacardium occidentale.

There was one very curious, which they call maraon in Cuba, but papa says in Jamaica it is called cashew.

The fleshy part is juicy, and somewhat like the cashew-apple, with a pleasant acidity added.

He saw that Miss Beggs' small white teeth were crushing salted cashew nuts.

Of the former the leaves are smooth and pointed; of the latter they are roundish, resembling those of the cashew.

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More About Cashew

What does cashew mean?

A cashew is an evergreen tree native to the tropical areas of the Americas, as in I took a nap under the shady cashew. 

The kidney-shaped seed found in the fruit of this tree is also called a cashew, or a cashew nut, as in Chang makes a tasty stir-fry using chicken and cashews. 

Because most people aren’t botanists or tropical tree growers, you’ll see cashew usually used to mean the seeds rather than the tree. If both items are being discussed, you’ll see references to “cashew trees” and “cashew nuts.”

Although they are often referred to as nuts, cashews are actually the seeds found inside of the cashew apples that grow on cashew trees.

Example: Roland ate so many cashews as a snack that he didn’t want supper. 

Where does cashew come from?

The first records of the word cashew come from around 1695. It ultimately comes from the Tupi acajú. Cashews are mainly cultivated in the Portuguese-speaking nation of Brazil and have been grown there for hundreds of years.

When eaten in moderation, unsalted cashews are considered a healthy food. They contain Vitamin K and minerals such iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium. Because they naturally come from cashew trees, cashews are a usual part of a vegan or vegetarian diet.

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What are some other forms related to cashew?

  • cashews (plural noun)

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How is cashew used in real life?

Cashew nuts are commonly sold in US grocery stores and are used in a variety of recipes.

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True or False?

A cashew is a fruit that grows on a vine.

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