American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The fiber obtained from the husk of a coconut, used chiefly in making rope and matting.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The prepared fiber of the husk of the cocoanut. It is twisted into coarse yarn for making ropes, matting, etc. Cordage made of this material rots in fresh water and snaps in frost, but it is strengthened by salt water, is very buoyant and elastic, and is thus in some respects preferable to hemp for marine uses, especially in cases requiring a rope that will float.
- n. The fibre obtained from the husk of a coconut, used chiefly in making rope, matting and as a peat substitute.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A material for cordage, matting, etc., consisting of the prepared fiber of the outer husk of the cocoanut.
- n. Cordage or cables, made of this material.
- n. stiff coarse fiber from the outer husk of a coconut
- From Malayalam കയറ് (kayar). (Wiktionary)
- Malayalam kayar, cord, from kayaru, to be twisted. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The fibre that surrounds the nut makes up the other mysterious article of commerce known as coir, which is twisted into stout ropes, or woven into coco-nut matting and ordinary door-mats.”
“The fibrous strands of the rind of the nut are developed in some forms to such a length and strength as to yield the industrial product known as the coir-fibre.”
“The fibrous husk round the cocoanut, called coir, is manufactured into ropes, matting, brushes, and other useful articles.”
“They're also ground into a fiber called coir that is added to potting soil to aid drainage.”
“With the leaves houses are thatched; the trunk serves for troughs and piping; with the leaves and fibres of the petiole baskets and brooms are made; from the fibrous bark rope called coir is manufactured -- so are hats and baskets; a beverage is extracted from the sap; beautiful cups are made from the shell; oil is pressed from the fruit; and mattresses are stuffed with the fibre which surrounds the shell; even the farinacious matter contained in the stem is used as food, and is not a bad substitute for sago.”
“The fibrous outer covering, or husk of the nut, when macerated and prepared, is termed "coir," and is spun into yarn and rope.”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“Rai has said the Central government is giving top priority to the revival and expansion of traditional industries, such as coir which employees over 6.5 lakh people, mainly women.”
“Just north of this project, town Parks and Recreation Director Lori Mongold was driving the town tractor and scoop bucket along an area of 50 yards that has been graded, seeded, covered with course-woven burlap strands called "coir," and planted with dogwood seedlings.”
“From the strong brown fiber that covers the hard shell of the nut, is manufactured "coir", which is made into rugs, ropes etc.”
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