cacoon

noun

ca·​coon
kaˈkün,
kə-
plural -s
1
West Indies : snuffbox bean
2
: a tropical American plant (Fevillea cordifolia) of the family Cucurbitaceae with seeds which have cathartic qualities

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cacoon was in 1797

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“Cacoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cacoon. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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