A cashew is a bushy tree that grows cashew nuts. Roasted, salted cashews make a great snack.

While cashews are always categorized with other nuts, they are officially a seed, the size and shape of a kidney bean. Cashew trees are native to Brazil, but they were long ago introduced to India, and cashews are a common ingredient in many South Asian dishes. Cashew is a shortened form of the French acajou, from the Tupi name for the cashew tree, acajuba.

Definitions of cashew

n kidney-shaped nut edible only when roasted

cashew nut
Type of:
edible nut
a hard-shelled seed consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell

n tropical American evergreen tree bearing kidney-shaped nuts that are edible only when roasted

Anacardium occidentale, cashew tree
Type of:
nut tree
tree bearing edible nuts

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