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ca·ca·o

(kə-kou′, -kā′ō)
n. pl. ca·ca·os
1. An evergreen tropical American tree (Theobroma cacao) having leathery, ellipsoid, ten-ribbed fruits borne on the trunks and older branches. Also called chocolate tree.
2. The seed of this plant, used in making chocolate, cocoa, and cocoa butter. Also called cacao bean, cocoa bean.

[Spanish, from Nahautl cacahuatl, perhaps from proto-Mixe-Zoque *kakawa; compare Mixe cacu and Zoque cacva (proto-Mixe-Zoquean perhaps being the language of the Olmec civilization and thus the ultimate source of many Mesoamerican cultural words).]
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cacao

(kəˈkɑːəʊ; -ˈkeɪəʊ)
n
1. (Plants) 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
2. (Plants) cacao bean another name for cocoa bean
3. (Cookery) cacao butter another name for cocoa butter
[C16: from Spanish, from Nahuatl cacauatl cacao beans]
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ca•ca•o

(kəˈkɑ oʊ, -ˈkeɪ oʊ)

n., pl. -ca•os.
1. a small tropical American evergreen tree, Theobroma cacao, cultivated for its seeds, the source of cocoa and chocolate.
2. Also, cocoa. the fruit or seeds of this tree.
[1545–55; < Sp < Nahuatl cacahuatl]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cacao - tropical American tree producing cacao beanscacao - tropical American tree producing cacao beans
cacao bean, cocoa bean - seed of the cacao tree; ground roasted beans are source of chocolate
genus Theobroma, Theobroma - cacao plants
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
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Translations
شَجَرَةُ الكاكاو
kakaovník
kakaotræ
kakaóbab
kakótré
kakavamedis
kakao
kakaovník

cacao

[kəˈkɑːəʊ] Ncacao m
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cacao

n (= tree, bean)Kakao m
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cacao

(kəˈkaːəu) , ((American) kəˈkeiou) noun
the tropical tree from whose seeds cocoa and chocolate are made.
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ca·cao

n. cacao, planta de la cual se deriva el chocolate, alcaloide diurético.
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Fabulously feminine but not at all sugary or powdery, with top notes of blackcurrant and pink pepper, a heart of rose and vetiver and a base of cacao pod, patchouli and musk, it works well for day or night.
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Dean had sketched out a bottle fluted and curved to resemble a cacao pod. Clever, distinctive and beautiful, the design has stayed more or less the same in the century since.
"There is one part of the cacao pod that has never been explored properly -- the pulp," says Montgomery.
He manually removes any diseased pods prior to the spore build-up of the monilla and in this manner he prevents any fungal spread; he fertilizes his soil with dried cacao pod shells and this helps maintain the soil's moisture as well as providing fertilizer to the growing trees.
(Terri Lynn, Inc., Booth 2431)*ChocoPod - Modeled after a natural cacao pod, bite into the milk chocolate shell of a Banana ChocoPod and you'll go bananas for the comforting flavor of the soft banana brown sugar caramel inside.