Definitions

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

  • n. The dried white flesh of the coconut from which coconut oil is extracted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The dried kernel of the coconut, from which coconut oil is extruded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The dried meat of the cocoanut, from which cocoanut oil is expressed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The dried kernel of the cocoanut, one of the principal articles of export from the islands of the Pacific to Europe, where the oil is expressed. It is frequently used as an ingredient of curry. Also written cobra, coprah, and copperah.

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

  • n. the dried meat of the coconut from which oil is extracted

Etymologies

Portuguese, from Malayalam koppara.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malayalam കൊപ്ര ("kopra"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At St Lambrecht the POWs performed road works, bridge work and repairs to rail lines (e.g. at Mariahoff Railway Station) etc. They also unloaded bags of copra from the rail trucks at Mariahoff and placed them in storage sheds for the nearby dynamite factory.

    Doug Nix

  • The principal industry is the preparation and exportation of copra, which is very plentiful, although there is some little traffic in shark fins.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • One of the chief exports of the island is copra, which is the meat of the cocoanut, picked and dried at a certain stage of its growth.

    Some Reminiscences of old Victoria

  • The counts upon which whites have been deported are mainly four: cheating Tembinok ', meddling overmuch with copra, which is the source of his wealth, and one of the sinews of his power,' PEAKING, and political intrigue.

    In the South Seas

  • Some oilseeds (such as copra) have a fibre content which provides the friction needed to heat the barrel.

    Chapter 5

  • Large sized material, such as copra or palmkernels, must to be crushed into pieces of about 5 mm diameter.

    5. Selected Equipment

  • Leonetta did not know what "copra" was, but she thought it sounded sufficiently like a precious metal to suggest immense wealth.

    Too Old for Dolls A Novel

  • The beautiful cocoa-nut palm was plentiful, so much so that I wondered why there were no settlers to collect "copra," or dried cocoa-nut, for oil.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • I wasn't hugely satisfied: I can think of other significant plants (the spices, coffee and cacao, flax and sisal, the coconut/copra) whose trade has affected and continues to affect the world economy.

    Linkspam for 12-10-2009

  • Beneath her hatches she was crammed and jammed with pearl shell and copra.

    THE HEATHEN

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