- a tree, Anacardium occidentale, native to tropical America, having milky juice, simple, leathery leaves, and yellowish-pink flowers in open clusters.
- Also called cashew nut. the small, kidney-shaped, edible nut of this tree.
Origin of cashew
1695–1705; < Portuguese cajú, aphetic variant of acajú < Tupi akaʾiu
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Examples from the Web for cashew
Those I bought were of Guava, cashew apple, citron, and lime.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil
But all the information we could glean was that they were called French cashew.Jungle Peace
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 Evolutionist at Large
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
- a tropical American anacardiaceous evergreen tree, Anacardium occidentale, bearing kidney-shaped nuts that protrude from a fleshy receptacle
- Also called: cashew nut the edible nut of this tree
C18: from Portuguese cajú, from Tupi acajú
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper