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Cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao)


A flavored powder obtained from the roasted seed kernels of the Theobroma cacao tree native to tropical America. Cocoa powder is used for chocolate flavoring. The seeds also contain a high proportion of oils called cocoa butter (see theobroma oil).

Synonyms and Related Terms

Theobroma cacao; cacao; chocolate

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 2522
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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