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 Vive La Tarte might be best known for its inventive croissants, which come filled with coconut cream, perfumed with orange blossom and za’atar, and folded over eggs and avocado like a breakfast taco. Janelle Bitker,, "San Francisco bakery Vive La Tarte’s Chocolate Cake," 8 May 2020 Beat cream cheese, coconut cream, and confectioners’ sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Erika Dungan And Kate Merker, Country Living, "Blackberry Coconut Tart," 2 May 2020 Bostock-Hinton, who mentioned her love for his Thanksgiving coconut cream pie, added that his family members have embodied his persona. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "'He did not pass alone:' Floyd County COVID-19 patient dies surrounded by 'medical family'," 11 Apr. 2020 Dessert options are also available, including sweet purple rice with mango and fried bananas with coconut ice cream. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "10 metro Phoenix restaurants with vegan and vegetarian food and coffee for takeout," 1 Apr. 2020 This coconut curl cream from DevaCurl is life-changing and is the only product out there that has really defined my curls without leaving the crunchy feeling that most gels do. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "You can get a major discount on high-end beauty, hair, and skincare products right now," 4 Mar. 2020 The seafood towers are impressive and the martinis are ice-cold, but toasted coconut cream pie with a shortbread crust is the only way to round out dinner in this panoramic dining room. Mike Sutter,, "Critics pick: 25 best San Antonio restaurant dishes of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 Classic cakes such as carrot, coconut cream and chocolate are staples here, but so are the pretty painted creations that seem cut straight out of a wedding magazine., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019 April would normally mark the beginning of the high season for Martinez, who has been selling homemade strawberry, coconut and tamarind ice pops from his roving street operation, Bolis El Oaxaco, since 2016. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. street vendors fought 10 years for the right to sell. Then COVID-19 came along," 24 Apr. 2020

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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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17 May 2020

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“Coconut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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


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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