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.
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First Known Use of coconut

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Coconut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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 )


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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