Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The fruit of the coconut palm, consisting of a fibrous husk surrounding a large seed.
  • noun The large, brown, hard-shelled seed of the coconut, containing white flesh surrounding a partially fluid-filled central cavity.
  • noun The edible white flesh of the coconut, often shredded and used in food and confections or for the extraction of coconut oil.
  • noun A coconut palm.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See cocoanut.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the edible white meat of a coconut{3}; often shredded for use in e.g. cakes and curries.
  • noun the cocoa palm.
  • noun The large, hard-shelled oval nut of the cocoa palm. It has a fibrous husk containing a thick white fibrous meat much used as food, in confections, and in making oil. It has a central cavity filled (when fresh) with an agreeable milky liquid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fruit of the coconut palm (not a true nut), Cocos nucifera, having a fibrous husk surrounding a large seed.
  • noun A hard-shelled seed of this fruit, having white flesh and a fluid-filled central cavity.
  • noun uncountable The edible white flesh of this fruit.
  • noun The coconut palm.
  • noun 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").
  • noun South Africa, pejorative A black person who thinks "white" (European). Compare banana ("East Asian who acts white").
  • noun New Zealand, pejorative A Pacific islander.
  • noun slang A female breast.

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

  • noun large hard-shelled oval nut with a fibrous husk containing thick white meat surrounding a central cavity filled (when fresh) with fluid or milk
  • noun tall palm tree bearing coconuts as fruits; widely planted throughout the tropics
  • noun the edible white meat of a coconut; often shredded for use in e.g. cakes and curries

Etymologies

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

[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; see cocoon) + nut.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From coco +‎ nut.

Examples

  • The main system that has been developed is the rearing of bees under coconut trees (called “coconut complex agroecosystem”).

    1. The jab-seeder a tool for manual seeding

  • The word coconut comes from the Portuguese coco, which means goblin or monkey.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The word coconut comes from the Portuguese coco, which means goblin or monkey.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The term coconut has been used to accuse someone of betraying their race or culture by implying that, like a coconut, they are brown on the outside but white on the inside.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • Around here (Pátzcuaro), even though we are not in coconut palm growing country, "cocos fríos" are popular as a drink.

    coconut milk

  • For these, bananas are spread with Nutella and rolled in coconut, then they are frozen.

    Bites from other Blogs | Baking Bites

  • Around here (Pátzcuaro), even though we are not in coconut palm growing country, "cocos fríos" are popular as a drink.

    coconut milk

  • To toast coconut on the stove top, spread shredded coconut into a large skillet (or small, if you only need a small amount) and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until coconut is mostly golden brown.

    Baking Bites » Print » How to toast coconut

  • Also, i cooked pork in coconut water for my Mexican boyfriend and nem nuong (broiled or char-grilled pork meatballs on a stick) for my Oaxacan friends but served them over jasmine rice instead of bun (the same rice noodles in pho) and they loved it!!!

    �me encanta caldo de res!

  • Also, i cooked pork in coconut water for my Mexican boyfriend and nem nuong (broiled or char-grilled pork meatballs on a stick) for my Oaxacan friends but served them over jasmine rice instead of bun (the same rice noodles in pho) and they loved it!!!

    �me encanta caldo de res!

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  • Sometimes thought to be migratory.

    February 15, 2007

  • I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts

    There they are all standing in a row

    Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head

    Give them a twist, a flick of the wrist

    That's what the showman said

    I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts

    Every ball you throw will make me rich

    There stands my wife, the idol of me life

    Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

    Roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

    Roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

    Roll a bowl a ball, roll a bowl a ball

    Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

    I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts (they're lovely)

    There they are all standing in a row (one, two, three, four)

    Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head (and bigger)

    Give them a twist a flick of the wrist

    That's what the showman said

    I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts

    Every ball you throw will make me rich

    There stands my wife, the idol of me life

    Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch (all together now)

    Roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch (harmony)

    Roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

    Roll a bowl a ball, roll a bowl a ball

    Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

    February 15, 2007