Meaning of "cashew nuts"

an edible kidney-shaped nut, rich in oil and protein, which is roasted and shelled before it can be eaten. Oil is extracted from the shells and used as a lubricant and insecticide and in the production of plastics.
a bushy tropical American tree related to the mango, bearing cashew nuts singly at the tip of each swollen fruit.


kăsh′o͞o, kə-sho͞o′


(kăsh'o͞o, kə -sho͞o ')
1. An American tropical evergreen (Anacardium occidentale) widely cultivated for its edible seeds.
2. The kidney-shaped seed of this tree.

[Probably Portuguese


ˈkæʃuː; kæˈʃuː


( kæʃuː; kæʃuː )
1. (Plants) an evergreen American tropical anacardice tree, Anacardium occidentale , which carries kidney-shaped nuts protruding from a fleshy receptacle
2. (Plants) Also called: cashew the edible nut of this tree
[C18: from the Portuguese cajú


(ˈkæʃ u, kəˈʃu)

cash • ew

(kæʃ u, kəʃu) n n n.
1. a tropical American tree, Anacardium occidentale, with coriaceous leaves and yellowish Pink flowers in open clusters.
2. Also called cash'ew nut`. The small, edible, kidney-shaped nut of this tree.