Cashew Definition

kăsho͝o, kə-sho͝o
cashews
noun
cashews
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.
Webster's New World
The kidney-shaped seed of this tree.
American Heritage
The nut, edible after being roasted.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Designating a family (Anacardiaceae) of dicotyledonous trees, shrubs, and vines (order Sapindales), including the pistachio, mango, and sumac.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Cashew

Noun

Singular:
cashew
Plural:
cashews

Origin of Cashew

  • French acajou, from Portuguese acajú, from Tupian acajuba or aka'iu.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably Portuguese acajú from Tupí from cajú yellow fruit, acidic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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