Origin of the Words Cocoa and Chocolate
The origin of the words “cocoa” and “chocolate” is very controversial …
The origin of the words “cocoa” and “chocolate” is very controversial. For some, the word chocolate consists of two parts; “choco”: noise and “alte”: water, derived from the Aztec words “tchoco” and “lattle” meaning the sound made by the chocolate drummer when he stirred the chocolate drink with a reel.
For others, the word cocoa is of Aztec-Mexican origin and derives from the words:
Cacahuaquahuilt: cocoa tree
As for the word chocolate, it is thought to come from a Mayan language and is derived from the word: xocoatl.
The original Latin word for cacao was “amygdala pecunaria”, ie “monetary almond”, which shows that its grains were first of all used as a means of payment.