cachou, cashew

The words cachou, cashew sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do cachou, cashew sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: cachou, cashew are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    A pastille used to sweeten the breath.

  1. :: noun

    A tropical American evergreen tree (Anacardium occidentale) widely cultivated for its edible nutlike kernels.

  2. :: noun

    The kidney-shaped seed of this tree, eaten after roasting.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").