Theobroma

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Theobroma cacao plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Theobroma (Bot) A genus of small trees. See Cacao.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Theobroma A genus of trees, of the order Sterculiaceæ and tribe Büttnerieæ. It is characterized by flowers with inflexed petals each with a spatulate lamina, and anthers two or three in a place between the staminodes or lobes of an urn-shaped stamen-column. The 15 species are natives of the warmer parts of America. They are trees with large oblong undivided leaves, and small lateral solitary or clustered flowers. For T. Cacao, the principal species, see cacao and chocolate.
    • n Theobroma [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Theobroma thē-ō-brō′ma a small tropical American genus of trees of the sterculia or kola-nut family. The best-known species, Theobroma cacao, yields the cocoa and chocolate of commerce
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. a god + food, fr. to eat: cf. F. théobrome,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., theos, a god, brōma, food.

Usage

In literature:

The fat, commercially known as "cocoa-butter," and "oil of theobroma," does not turn rancid.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) is the tree that produces the fruit from which chocolate is made.
"The Hawaiian Islands" by The Department of Foreign Affairs
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