coconut

noun
co·​co·​nut | \ˈkō-kə-(ˌ)nət \

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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People notes that for the palace event, Meghan and her mother made a meal of coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala, and chapatis with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "It's Doria Ragland's first royal engagement.," 20 Sep. 2018 This made the coconut fiber and hemp much softer and more wool-like. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "What Will It Take To Make Vegan Wool?," 29 June 2018 Sasson points to a coconut ceviche salad with quinoa and amaranth as an example of how that approach translates to the menu. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's new outdoor dining concept feels more like Miami Beach," 22 June 2018 For more flavor, try toasting the nuts and coconut before adding them to the batter. Becky Krystal, Houston Chronicle, "This classic coffee cake is what good mornings are made of," 18 June 2018 Similarly, both dairy and nondairy versions of Haagen-Dazs' coconut caramel flavors have 11 grams of saturated fat per serving and a difference of only 20 calories. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "The scoop on dairy-free 'ice creams'," 8 June 2018 This separation helps keep odor to a minimum, especially because the solids tank uses peat moss or coconut COIR to help break it down. Megan Barber, Curbed, "RV toilets: 5 alternatives to a full bathroom in your camper," 9 Nov. 2018 Standard breakfast fare: fresh coconuts served with a straw. James Sturz, WSJ, "How to Choose the Perfect Overwater Bungalow," 31 Oct. 2018 There will be dodgems and funfair rides, coconut shies, lots of food stalls, loads of cocktails, bloody Marys for the hangovers and a festival vibe. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding Party Got Wild With an Impromptu Celebrity Performance," 13 Oct. 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, -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 \

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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