coconut

noun
co·​co·​nut | \ ˈkō-kə-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce coconut (audio) \

Definition of coconut

1 : the drupaceous fruit of the coconut palm whose outer fibrous husk yields coir and whose nut contains thick edible meat and, in the fresh fruit, a clear liquid (see coconut water)
2 : the edible meat of the coconut

Examples of coconut in a Sentence

The pastry is covered with shredded coconut.

Recent Examples on the Web

Make the most out of this sweet and savory coconut topping by pairing it with ice cream, yogurt, or oatmeal. Make soup: Heat large Dutch oven on medium-low. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spiced Fresh Tomato Soup with Sweet and Herby Pitas," 9 Oct. 2018 The heart of the perfume includes the scent of coconut, praline, and vanilla orchid. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Announced the Release of Her Cloud Perfume," 18 Sep. 2018 Box crab is arranged in a circle on a plate with seaweed, served with a rich double consommé made with the crab and seasoned table side by a server delivering the essence of coconut and coffee via eyedroppers. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 In this recipe, Mr. Cardoz’s second Slow Food Fast contribution, halibut fillets are rubbed in a paste of coconut, serrano chile, spices and fresh herbs. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Summery Coconut-Spice Halibut Is Great Steamed or Grilled," 26 June 2018 Grab a flight of cocktails to create your very own red, white and blue combo, including Replay’s Salt N Pepa made with strawberry jalapeño tequila, a Lebowski with blanco tequila and cream of coconut, and an Aquateen with vodka and creme de cacao. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Red, white and booze: Celebrate the Fourth of July with these patriotic cocktails," 29 June 2017 Spread the coconut mixture evenly over the chilled chocolate and freeze, covered, for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Frozen S'mores," 14 Mar. 2019 People notes that for the palace event, Markle and her mother made a meal of coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala, and chapatis with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. Devon Elizabeth, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Just Took Her Mom to Her First Royal Engagement," 20 Sep. 2018 To make the iced tea: fill a glass with ice. Pour the black tea over the ice, filling the glass about 2/3-3/4 of the way full. Pour the coconut mixture over the iced tea, until sweetened to your liking. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This homemade coconut iced tea is positively dreamy," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of coconut

1516, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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coconut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coconut

: a large fruit that has a thick shell with white flesh and liquid inside it and that grows on a palm tree
: the white flesh of a coconut

coconut

noun
co·​co·​nut | \ ˈkō-kə-nət How to pronounce coconut (audio) , -ˌnət\

Kids Definition of coconut

: a large nutlike fruit that has a thick husk with white flesh and a watery liquid inside it and that grows on a tall tropical palm ( coconut palm )

coconut

noun
co·​co·​nut | \ ˈkō-kə-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce coconut (audio) \

Medical Definition of coconut

1 : the fruit of the coconut palm having an outer fibrous husk with a nut containing thick edible meat and coconut milk
2 : the edible meat of the coconut

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