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 Remove from the heat and toss with shredded coconut. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Let fruits take the cake," 6 Apr. 2021 Dip each ball of dough into the whites, then roll in the coconut. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Italian Coconut Balls recipe," 1 Dec. 2020 Or raspberries, oats and coconut for the same benefits. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "The foods you should eat to jump-start your morning, and 2 recipes to try out," 16 Apr. 2021 Drying clothes in the breeze, chasing chickens and climbing coconut trees were all a part of my childhood. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Cottagecore? A Closer Look at the Dreamy Aesthetic Taking Over the Internet," 8 Apr. 2021 Four-layer hummingbird cake flavored with banana, pineapple and coconut. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Let fruits take the cake," 6 Apr. 2021 Soe Oo took a coconut from the family palm tree and hacked at it carefully, lest the sweet water spill out. BostonGlobe.com, "‘She just fell down. And she died.’," 4 Apr. 2021 Special Easter treats from Alana’s include her sugar-free coconut macaroons, which come in a variety of pastel colors, and the sugar-free spring cookie cake. Dallas News, "Easter treats: 4 Dallas sweets shops with special spring desserts," 2 Apr. 2021 The appams, lacy domes made from a coconut-and-rice batter, are because of her background—her parents came from the robust community of Christians in the Kerala state of India. Priya Krishna, Southern Living, "Ann Ittoop’s Easter Memories," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of coconut

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of coconut was in 1599

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6 May 2021

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“Coconut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coconut. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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