- a tropical American tree (Theobroma cacao) of the sterculia family, bearing large, elliptical seedpods
- the nutritious seeds (cacao beans) of this tree, from which cocoa and chocolate are made
Origin of cacaoSpanish from Nahuatl kakawa?, cacao seed
- An evergreen tropical American tree (Theobroma cacao) having leathery, ellipsoid, ten-ribbed fruits borne on the trunks and older branches. Also called chocolate tree .
- The seed of this plant, used in making chocolate, cocoa, and cocoa butter. Also called cacao bean . Also called cocoa bean .
Origin of cacaoSpanish from Nahuatl cacahuatl
ripe cacao pods