- a tropical evergreen tree (Anacardium occidentale) of the cashew family, with kidney-shaped nuts, each at the end of an edible, pear-shaped receptacle (cashew apple): the nut yields a vegetable oil and the shell yields an oil used to make resins, plastics, etc.
- the nut, edible after being roastedalso cashew nut
Origin of cashewaphetic ; from French acajou ; from Portuguese acajú ; from Tupí
- A tropical American evergreen tree (Anacardium occidentale) widely cultivated for its edible seeds.
- The kidney-shaped seed of this tree.
Origin of cashewProbably Portuguese acajú, from Tupí, from cajú, yellow fruit, acidic.
cashew nut attached to a cashew apple (red)
- A tree, Anacardium occidentale, native to northeastern Brazil, now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew nuts and cashew apples.
- A cashew nut.