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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At La Mercerie, Marie-Aude Rose assembles hers with lamb necks, pork ribs, fat back and sausages, nestled in succulently buttery, garlicky white coco and tarbais beans, paved with crusty bread crumbs. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "The Right Dish for the Cassoulet," 2 Mar. 2020 The 12 raised beds are a coco peat mix; the 50-foot rows are in the ground. oregonlive, "Need suggestions for plants to attract bees to the garden? Ask an expert," 12 Jan. 2020 The comprehensive package includes coco fiber growing wafers, instructions and recipes for making tomato salads and sandwiches. USA TODAY, "11 gifts for people who love New Jersey," 15 Nov. 2019 In the evenings this is the place to be, with a reggae soundtrack and ready supply of coco locos—piña coladas served in coconuts. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Haven't Seen the Colombian Coast Without Time in Providencia," 11 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Coco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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