Definition of Cacao

1. Noun. Tropical American tree producing cacao beans.

Exact synonyms: Cacao Tree, Chocolate Tree, Theobroma Cacao
Specialized synonyms: Cacao Bean, Cocoa Bean
Group relationships: Genus Theobroma, Theobroma
Generic synonyms: Angiospermous Tree, Flowering Tree

Definition of Cacao

1. n. A small evergreen tree (Theobroma Cacao) of South America and the West Indies. Its fruit contains an edible pulp, inclosing seeds about the size of an almond, from which cocoa, chocolate, and broma are prepared.

Definition of Cacao

1. Noun. A tree, ''Theobroma cacao'', whose seed is used to make chocolate. ¹

2. Noun. This tree's seed, the cocoa bean ¹

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Definition of Cacao

1. a tropical tree [n -CAOS]

Medical Definition of Cacao

1. A tree of the family sterculiaceae (or byttneriaceae), usually theobroma cacao, or its seeds, which after fermentation and roasting, yield cocoa and chocolate. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cacao

cacao (current term)
cacao bean
cacao moth
cacao oil
cacao tree

Literary usage of Cacao

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"The cacao tree is indigenous to the West Indies, but has been introduced into various ... As the beans are chiefly worked up for the preparation of cacao, ..."

2. History of the New World Called America by Edward John Payne (1892)
"The cacao consumed in Book II. Tezcuco is said to have amounted to more than half the Aboriginal quantity of maize consumed in that pueblo: and one of ..."

3. Chemical Technology and Analysis of Oils, Fats, and Waxes by Julius Lewkowitsch (1904)
"In the pharmaceutical literature the statement was frequently made, and is still being copied into text-books, that cacao butter does not turn rancid. ..."

4. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and Liberty Hyde Bailey by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"This kind is known on the mainland as "Alligator" cacao, from the fancied resemblance of its skin to the hide of an alligator. ..."

5. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"cacao, but it differs in the flowers, in the size of the beans, and especially ... The beans are larger in size than those of T. cacao, fully equal if not ..."

6. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1912)
"HI cacao BUTTER (spelt also Cocoa Butter), is expressed from the cacao bean, the seeds of the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao (Linn.). The cacao tree is ..."

7. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention, American Pharmaceutical Association Meeting (1860)
""The cacao (Theobroma cacao)—the history of its culture, products, and uses, in medicine and domestic economy ?" Such is the designation of a subject ..."

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