coffee


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coffee \Cof"fee\ (k[add]"f[-e]; k[o^]f"f[-e]; 115), n. [Turk.
   qahveh, Ar. qahuah wine, coffee, a decoction of berries. Cf.
   Caf['e].]
   1. The "beans" or "berries" (pyrenes) obtained from the
      drupes of a small evergreen tree of the genus Coffea,
      growing in Abyssinia, Arabia, Persia, and other warm
      regions of Asia and Africa, and also in tropical America.
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   2. The coffee tree.
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   Note: There are several species of the coffee tree, as,
         Coffea Arabica, Coffea canephora, {Coffea
         occidentalis}, and Coffea Liberica. The white,
         fragrant flowers grow in clusters at the root of the
         leaves, and the fruit is a red or purple cherrylike
         drupe, with sweet pulp, usually containing two pyrenes,
         commercially called "beans" or "berries".
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   3. The beverage made by decoction of the roasted and ground
      berry of the coffee tree.
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            They have in Turkey a drink called coffee. . . .
            This drink comforteth the brain and heart, and
            helpeth digestion.                    --Bacon.
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   4. a cup of coffee[3], especially one served in a restaurant;
      as, we each had two donuts and a coffee; three coffees to
      go.
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   5. a social gathering at which coffee is served, with
      optional other foods or refreshments.
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   6. a color ranging from medium brown to dark brown.
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   Note: The use of coffee is said to have been introduced into
         England about 1650, when coffeehouses were opened in
         Oxford and London.
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   Coffee bug (Zool.), a species of scale insect ({Lecanium
      coff[ae]a}), often very injurious to the coffee tree.

   Coffee rat (Zool.) See Musang.
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