cacoon

noun
ca·​coon | \ kaˈkün, kə- \
plural -s

Definition of cacoon

1 West Indies : snuffbox bean
2 : a tropical American plant (Fevillea cordifolia) of the family Cucurbitaceae with seeds which have cathartic qualities

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of cacoon

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cacoon

perhaps borrowed from Yoruba kàkàùn selà, name for the woody vine Paullinia pinnata

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cacoon

Statistics for cacoon

Cite this Entry

“Cacoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cacoon. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!