- 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, cocoa bean.
Origin of cacaoSpanish, from Nahuatl cacahuatl.
ripe cacao pods