Cashew
Cashew Ca*shew" (k[.a]*sh[=oo]"), n. [F. acajou, for cajou, prob. from Malay k[=a]yu tree; cf. Pg. acaju, cf. {Acajou}.] 1. (Bot.) A tree ({Anacardium occidentale}) of the same family which the sumac. It is native in tropical America, but is now naturalized in all tropical countries. Its fruit, a kidney-shaped nut, grows at the extremity of an edible, pear-shaped hypocarp, about three inches long. [1913 Webster]

2. the {cashew nut}. [PJC]

{Cashew nut}, the large, kidney-shaped fruit of the cashew, which is edible after the caustic oil has been expelled from the shell by roasting the nut. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cashew — UK [ˈkæʃuː] / UK [kæˈʃuː] / US [ˈkæˌʃu] / US [kæˈʃu] or cashew nut UK / US noun [countable] Word forms cashew : singular cashew plural cashews Word forms cashew nut : singular cashew nut plural cashew nuts a curved nut eaten as a food …   English dictionary

  • cashew — [kash′o͞o; ] also [, kə sho͞o′] n. [aphetic < Fr acajou < Port acajú < Tupí] 1. a tropical evergreen tree (Anacardium occidentale) of the cashew family, with kidney shaped, poisonous nuts, each at the end of an edible, pear shaped… …   English World dictionary

  • cashew — ► NOUN (also cashew nut) ▪ the edible kidney shaped nut of a tropical American tree. ORIGIN Tupi …   English terms dictionary

  • cashew — 1704, aphetic of Fr. acajou, from older Port. acajê from Tupi (Brazil) acajuba, name of the tree that produces the nut …   Etymology dictionary

  • cashew — see cachou …   Modern English usage

  • Cashew — taxobox name = Cashew image caption = Cashews ready for harvest in Guinea Bissau regnum = Plantae unranked divisio = Angiosperms unranked classis = Eudicots unranked ordo = Rosids ordo = Sapindales familia = Anacardiaceae genus = Anacardium… …   Wikipedia

  • Cashew — Kaschu Cashewbaum (A. occidentale), Illustration aus Koehler 1887 Systematik Unterklasse: Rosenähnliche (Rosidae) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cashew — /kash ooh, keuh shooh /, n. 1. a tree, Anacardium occidentale, native to tropical America, having milky juice, simple, leathery leaves, and yellowish pink flowers in open clusters. 2. Also called cashew nut. the small, kidney shaped, edible nut… …   Universalium

  • cashew — noun a) A tree in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae, native to northeastern Brazil, now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew nuts and cashew apples. b) A cashew nut. Syn: acajou …   Wiktionary

  • cashew — noun Etymology: Portuguese cajú, acajú, from Tupi akajú Date: 1598 a tropical American tree (Anacardium occidentale of the family Anacardiaceae, the cashew family) grown for a phenolic oil and the edible kernel of its nut and for a gum from its… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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