coconut palm


coconut palm

noun

Definition of COCONUT PALM

:  a tall pinnate-leaved coconut-bearing palm (Cocos nucifera) that grows along tropical coasts

First Known Use of COCONUT PALM

1852

coconut palm

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Tree (Cocos nucifera) of the palm family, one of the most important crops of the tropics. Its slender, leaning, ringed trunk rises from a swollen base and is topped by a graceful crown of giant, feathery leaves. The large ovoid or ellipsoid mature fruits have a thick, fibrous husk surrounding the familiar single-seeded nut. The nut contains a white and somewhat sweet meat, which is eaten raw; coconut oil is extracted from the meat. The nutritious liquid “milk” at the centre may be drunk directly from the nut. The husk provides coir, a fibre highly resistant to salt water that is used in the manufacture of ropes, mats, baskets, brushes, and brooms. The nutshells are used as containers and often decoratively carved.

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