Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An oil obtained from the fruit of the Cocos nucifera, or cocoa-palm. It is prepared by the natives of the tropics, where the fruit abounds, both by decoction and by expression, and is used for lighting, the preparation of unguents, etc. It is exported to a considerable extent, and is also manufactured in Europe and the United States from cocoanuts or from copra, by expression or by treatment with sulphid of carbon. Chemically, it consists of a peculiar substance, cocinin, with a small quantity of olein. By saponification cocinin yields glycerin and cocinic acid. The oil is white, of the consistence of lard, and has a texture somewhat foliated. It is largely used in the preparation of candles and the so-called fulling-soaps. Also called
“It will be observed that with the increase of coprah shipment, the export of cocoanut-oil has decreased.”
“The cocoanut-oil factories are very rough, primitive establishments, usually consisting of eight or ten posts supporting a nipa palm-leaf roof, and closed in at all sides with split bamboos.”
“In one corner was a bronze jar, Kenkenes examined it and found it contained cocoanut-oil for burning.”
“Over this strange scene flickered the dim light of cocoanut-oil lamps, and outside a shower beat softly against the trees, and the moon looked down at us whitely from a cloudy sky.”
“Already the familiar perfume came floating over the waters -- that sweet blending of many odors, of cocoanut-oil and baking breadfruit, of jessamine and gardenia.”
“Saw-mills, iron foundries, chemicals, glass and soap works, shipbuilding yards and a cocoanut-oil factory in connexion with the soap-manufacture at Port Sunlight, England, are among the chief industrial establishments.”
“In America cocoanut-oil or cocoa-butter has been freely used.”
“At night the market-place is lighted up by tiny rush lights, burning cocoanut-oil or _petrolia_.”
“As the big bronze bells up in the belfry tolled the hour the auditorium was filled with worshipers -- women in flapping slippers and black veils; girls smelling of cheap perfumery and cocoanut-oil, in their stiff gauze dresses with the butterfly sleeves; barefooted boys and young men redolent of cigarettes and musk.”
“The village had turned out in holiday attire, as the dense atmosphere of cocoanut-oil and perfumery proclaimed.”
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