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

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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

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“Cacoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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