Definition of robusta in English:

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Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈbʌstə/


1 [mass noun] Coffee or coffee beans from a widely grown kind of coffee plant. Beans of this variety are often used in the manufacture of instant coffee.
Example sentences
  • There are two general types of coffee beans, arabica and robusta, which yield two very different beans.
  • Most of this coffee is not the higher grade arabica bean sold to connoisseurs, but the lower-grade robusta that ends up in instant coffee or in cheap blends sold in supermarkets.
  • Arabica has historically been prized for its mild, rich taste, whereas robusta tends to be much harsher.
2The tropical West African bush that produces robusta coffee beans.
  • Coffea canephora (formerly robusta) , family Rubiaceae. See also arabica.
Example sentences
  • Only two Coffea species are widely cultivated: Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora, known in the trade as robusta.
  • Other species are C. robusta, now reclassified as C. canephora, and a couple of minor ones suited to the climate of W. Africa.


Early 20th century: modern Latin, feminine of Latin robustus 'robust'.

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