noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Italian & Turkish; Italian caffè, from Turkish kahve, from Arabic qahwa Date: 1598 1. a. a beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground seeds of a coffee plant b. any of several Old World tropical plants (genus Coffea and especially C. arabica and C. canephora) of the madder family that are widely cultivated in warm regions for their seeds from which coffee is prepared c. coffee seeds especially roasted and often ground — compare arabica, robusta d. a dehydrated product made from brewed coffee <
instant coffee
; also a beverage made from this 2. a cup of coffee <
two coffees
3. coffee hour

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