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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fiber obtained from the husk of a coconut, used chiefly in making rope and matting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fibre obtained from the husk of a coconut, used chiefly in making rope, matting and as a peat substitute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The prepared fiber of the husk of the cocoanut.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. stiff coarse fiber from the outer husk of a coconut

Etymologies

Malayalam kayar, cord, from kayaru, to be twisted.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malayalam കയറ് (kayar). (Wiktionary)

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    —Peter Carey, Illywhacker, 409

    April 17, 2009