Cashew nuts in a bowl.
cashew definition by Webster's New World
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- a tropical evergreen tree (Anacardium occidentale) of the cashew family, with kidney-shaped, poisonous nuts, each at the end of an edible, pear-shaped receptacle (), yielding oils used to make various resins, plastics, etc.
- the nut, edible after being roastedalso cashew nut
Origin: aphetic ; from French acajou ; from Portuguese acajú ; from Tupí
designating a family (Anacardiaceae) of dicotyledonous trees, shrubs, and vines (order Sapindales), including the pistachio, mango, and sumac
cashew definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A tropical American evergreen tree (Anacardium occidentale) widely cultivated for its edible nutlike kernels.
- The kidney-shaped seed of this tree, eaten after roasting.
Origin: Probably Portuguese acajú, from Tupi, from cajú, yellow fruit, acidic.