Definition of cocoa bean in US English:

cocoa bean


  • A cacao seed.

    • ‘I meet some lively Africans from the Ivory Coast, who split open a cocoa bean and fed me the slippery seeds within.’
    • ‘A 25-minute film shows what happens from the time the cocoa bean is picked until it ends up as chocolate.’
    • ‘They are two of the biggest exporters of chocolates and processed coffee even though they don't produce a single cocoa bean between them.’
    • ‘Cocoa liquor, the derivative of the cocoa bean used in milk and dark chocolates that is absent from white chocolate, contains most of the antioxidants.’
    • ‘The cocoa bean is a fairly nutritious food, containing polyphenols which may benefit the heart and circulation.’