co·​co | \ ˈkō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce coco (audio) \
plural cocos

Definition of coco

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the coconut palm also : its fruit


geographical name
Co·​co | \ ˈkō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce Coco (audio) \
variants: or formerly Segovia \ sā-​ˈgō-​vyä How to pronounce Segovia (audio) , sə-​ , -​vē-​ə \

Definition of Coco (Entry 2 of 2)

river over 450 miles (724 kilometers) long in northern Nicaragua flowing northeast into the Caribbean Sea and forming part of the Honduras–Nicaragua boundary

Examples of coco in a Sentence

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Not to mention natural ingredients like talc (with its asbestos concerns) and sodium coco sulfate (molecularly similar to sodium lauryl sulfate, even though it's derived from coconuts instead of petroleum) can be toxic. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Clean Hair Care Is Hard—But Not Impossible," 12 Aug. 2019 There will also be a Caribbean Roll ($17), which will be made with plantain, cream cheese, scallions, avocado, smoked salmon, Yuzu Kosho aioli and coco frito. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Roll into these South Florida restaurants for International Sushi Day," 17 June 2019 Traditional high-pH soap and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are stripping surfactants; milder ones include sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), decyl glucoside, coco-glucoside, and others. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 The quick-service restaurant features salads, sandwiches, Jamaican and Caribbean entrees and snacks like beef patties, jerk wings and coco bread. Leeanne Griffin,, "The Russell Opens Jamaican Grab And Go On Pratt Street," 13 July 2018 Crack open the fresh coconuts with a coco jack, or large sharp knife. Caron Golden,, "Yogurt: Purely homemade," 25 June 2018 Then mix in a little honey, coco nibs, and sea salt! Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Danica Patrick shares her favorite dessert recipes, plus which one Aaron Rodgers loves," 21 June 2018 In 2016 investor jitters caused a spike in coco yields. The Economist, "Coco bonds have not lived up to their promise," 19 Apr. 2018 The blue water that surrounds the place functions as both your sustenance and playground, as Isla Rosa’s resident chef fuses Peruvian and Caribbean flavors (while the seafood is fresh and flavorful, the arroz con coco is not to be missed). Monica Mendal, Vogue, "These Private Islands Off the Coast of Cartagena Are Practically Made for Instagram," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of coco


1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coco


Spanish coco & Portuguese côco bogeyman, grimace, coconut

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cockyolly bird





cocoa bean

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