cachou

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French cachou, from Portuguese cachu, from Malay kacu (type of acacia).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cachou (plural cachous)

  1. A sweet eaten to sweeten the breath.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback), page 20:
      Dante gave him a cachou every time he brought her a piece of tissue paper.
    • 1955, Patrick White, The Tree of Man, New York: Viking, Chapter 19, p. 347,[1]
      But her husband, frowning, remembered those little sweets, or cachous, scented with something like violet, a synthetic smell, that had drifted on the more irritating afternoons above the smells of the sealing wax and ink.
  2. A small metallic ball used as edible decoration on cakes etc.

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Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

cachou

  1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) preterite indicative of cachar