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 (krē-ō′lō, -yō)
n. pl. cri·ol·los (-lōz, -yōs)
A Spanish American of European, usually Spanish ancestry.
1. Of or relating to a criollo or criollos.
2. Indigenous to or characteristic of a Spanish-American country: criollo cattle; a criollo dish.

[Spanish; see Creole.]


(kriːˈəʊləʊ; Spanish ˈkrjoʎo)
n, pl -los (-ləʊz; Spanish -ʎos)
1. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Latin America of European descent, esp of Spanish descent
2. (Breeds)
a. any of various South American breeds of domestic animal
b. (as modifier): a criollo pony.
3. (Cookery) a high-quality variety of cocoa
4. (Peoples) of, relating to, or characteristic of a criollo or criollos
5. (Breeds) of, relating to, or characteristic of a criollo or criollos
[Spanish: native; see creole]


(kriˈoʊ loʊ, -ˈoʊ yoʊ, -ˈoʊl yoʊ)

n., pl. -ol•los,
adj. n.
1. a person born in Spanish America but of European, usu. Spanish, ancestry.
2. a domestic animal of any of several strains or breeds developed in Latin America.
3. native; indigenous.
[1905–10; < Sp; see Creole]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.criollo - a Spanish American of pure European stock (usually Spanish); "Mexico is a country of mestizos, criollos, and indigenes"
Espana, Kingdom of Spain, Spain - a parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power
Hispanic, Hispanic American, Spanish American - an American whose first language is Spanish
2.criollo - cocoa of superior quality
cocoa - powder of ground roasted cacao beans with most of the fat removed
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Various reports have characterized the volatile compounds in cacao and chocolate produced from different cultivars and different origins as Forastero cacao is predominantly produced in Africa while Criollo and Nacional can be found in South America.
"These two strategies work hand in hand--heritage cattle breeds like the Raramuri Criollo are well adapted to shrubby landscapes, but we can also manipulate parts of the landscape to promote grasses, livestock production, and biodiversity," says Bestelmeyer.
So Go's mom, a chef and engineer who's also a kitchen consultant, headed to Davao to see for herself what sort of cacao was available there-and discovered, by talking to local farmers, that what could have been a national treasure, in the form of the extremely rare criollo porcelana variety of cacao, had been taken for granted for centuries because of the farmers' lack of knowledge of its worth.
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de estas, el ganado criollo adquirio caracteristicas adaptativas de gran importancia como la resistencia al estres en climas tropicales, ademas de ser mas eficiente en el uso de sus recursos (Barrera et al.
En este contexto, el pabellon criollo constituye el mayor referente culinario de la cocina popular cotidiana en Venezuela -o el plato preferido, representativo de la comida criolla venezolana(Rodriguez, 2009), asi como la hallaca lo es en el ambito de lo festivo y celebratorio.
It has prospered in the Sambirano Valley region for almost two centuries and produced a series of local hybrids, all belonging to the Criollo cocoa family, which is renowned for its delicate acidity.