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Origin and Meaning of Cocoa

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
A tall palm tree producing the cocoanut (Cocos nucifera) as its fruit. It grows in nearly all tropical countries, attaining a height of sixty or eighty feet. The trunk is without branches, and has a tuft of leaves at the top, each being fifteen or twenty feet in length, and at the base of these the nuts hang in clusters; the cocoanut tree. It is widely planted throughout the tropics, and in some locations as an ornamental tree.

Etymology: Sp. & Pg. coco cocoanut, in Sp. also, cocoa palm. The Portuguese name is said to have been given from the monkeylike face at the base of the nut, fr. Pg. coco a bugbear, an ugly mask to frighten children. Cf., however, Gr. koy^ki the cocoa palm and its fruit, ko`i:x ko`i:kos, a kind of Egyptian palm

noun Co"coa
A preparation made from the seeds of the chocolate tree, and used in making, a beverage; also the beverage made from cocoa or cocoa shells.

Etymology: Corrupted fr. cacao

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Powder of ground roasted cacao beans with most of the fat removed
  2. A beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot

From Spanish cacao (from Classical Nahuatl cacahuatl), by confusion with coco, popularized by Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language.

  1. (uncountable) the dried and partially fermented fatty seeds of the cacao tree from which chocolate is made
  2. (uncountable) an unsweetened brown powder made from roasted, ground cocoa beans, used in making chocolate, and in cooking.
  3. (uncountable) a hot drink made with milk, cocoa powder, and sugar
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  4. (countable) a cup or mug of this drink
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  5. (countable) a light to medium brown colour

By confusion with cocoa, popularized by Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language.

  1. (dated) Alternative spelling of coco.

    cocoa was also found in the following language(s): Nahuatl and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Cocoa

    Cocoa Brown is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2005.



    Cocoa Tea is a reggae and dancehall musician. Cocoa was given the name Calvin George Scott on September 3rd, 1959 in Rocky Point, Clarendon, Jamaica.


    Cocoa Samoa was a wrestler. Cocoa was born on March 9th, 1945 in Pago Pago. He passed away on January 9th, 2007.


    Fun Facts about the name Cocoa

    • How Popular is the name Cocoa? Cocoa is the 53,224th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Cocoa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 34 babies born with the first name Cocoa in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cocoa? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1982 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
    • When was Cocoa first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cocoa is Sunday, June 26th, 1887.
    • What year had the most people named Cocoa born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cocoa was in 1983 with a total of 14 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Cocoa: Your name in reverse order is Aococ. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Accoo. How do you pronounce that?

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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