Definition of cachou in English:

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Pronunciation: /kaˈSHo͞o/
Pronunciation: /ˈkaSHo͞o/

noun (plural cachous)

1 dated A pleasant-smelling lozenge sucked to mask bad breath.
Example sentences
  • Some of these, such as medicinal lozenges and scented cachous, have declined in popularity in the 20th century; but others, such as mints and sherbet, are still consumed enthusiastically.
  • The predecessors of little floral cachous were used by court ladies as breath-fresheners.
  • By referring to the notes we can learn that Davitt and Parnell were two Irish politicians of the time, and that a cachou was a popular cashew candy (the brushes aren't explained).
2 variant of catechu.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'catechu'): from French, from Portuguese cachu, from Malay kacu. The 'lozenge' sense dates from the early 18th century.

Words that rhyme with cachou


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Syllabification: ca·chou

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