One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A powder produced by grinding cocoa solids (sometimes mixed with other ingredients) and used to make various chocolate products.
2A brown slow-burning variety of gunpowder, made using a lower proportion of sulphur and less fully carbonized charcoal than conventional black powder.
Mid 19th century. From cocoa + powder.
cocoa powder/ˈkəʊkəʊ ˌpaʊdə/
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