Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the edible white meat of a coconut{3}; often shredded for use in e.g. cakes and curries.
  • n. the cocoa palm.
  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See cocoanut.

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

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

Etymologies

Portuguese côco, grinning skull, goblin, coconut (probably from Late Latin coccum, shell; see cocoon) + nut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From coco +‎ nut. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • 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

  • Sometimes thought to be migratory.

    February 15, 2007