the fruit of the coconut palm, consisting of a thick, fibrous, brown, oval husk under which there is a thin, hard shell enclosing a layer of edible white meat
- The fruit of the coconut palm, consisting of a fibrous husk surrounding a large seed.
- The large, brown, hard-shelled seed of the coconut, containing white flesh surrounding a partially fluid-filled central cavity.
- The edible white flesh of the coconut, often shredded and used in food and confections or for the extraction of coconut oil.
- A coconut palm.
Origin of coconutPortuguese coco, pumpkin or other object carved with a face used to scare children, goblin, coconut (since the three indentations on the base of a coconut suggest the eyes and mouth of a goblin; probably from Late Latin coccum, shell; see cocoon) + nut.
(countable and uncountable, plural coconuts)
- A fruit of the coconut palm (not a true nut), Cocos nucifera, having a fibrous husk surrounding a large seed.
- A hard-shelled seed of this fruit, having white flesh and a fluid-filled central cavity.
- (uncountable) The edible white flesh of this fruit.
- The coconut palm.
- (pejorative, ethnic slur) A Hispanic or dark-skinned person who acts “white” (Caucasian), alluding to the fact that a coconut is brown on the outside and white on the inside. Compare banana (“East Asian who acts white”).
- (South Africa, pejorative) A black person who thinks "white" (European). Compare banana (“East Asian who acts white”).
- (New Zealand, pejorative) A Pacific islander.
- (slang) A female breast.