Coconut Definition

kōkə-nŭt, -nət
coconuts
noun
coconuts
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.
Webster's New World
The large, brown, hard-shelled seed of the coconut, containing white flesh surrounding a partially fluid-filled central cavity.
American Heritage
The edible white flesh of the coconut, often shredded and used in food and confections or for the extraction of coconut oil.
American Heritage
A coconut palm.
American Heritage

(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”).

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
cocos-nuciferacoconut treecocoa palmcocococo-palmcoconut-palmcoconut meatcocoanut
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Other Word Forms of Coconut

Noun

Singular:
coconut
Plural:
coconuts

Origin of Coconut

  • Portuguese 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 cocoon) nut

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From coco +‎ nut.

    From Wiktionary

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