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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Meanwhile, make rub: Place coconut flakes, mint leaves, cilantro, chile, ginger, fennel, coriander, turmeric, lime juice, sugar and a pinch of salt in a food processor or blender. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Summery Coconut-Spice Halibut Is Great Steamed or Grilled," 26 June 2018 Dark chocolate chip, coco nib, maple coconut flake topping! Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Danica Patrick shares her favorite dessert recipes, plus which one Aaron Rodgers loves," 21 June 2018 Boulevard Bou Lou is an unfiltered wheat beer with coconut and pineapple flavors. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Bou Lou taste test: We tried Tech N9ne and Boulevard's new pineapple and coconut beer," 14 June 2018 For a more dessert-like option, serve with coconut flakes and whipped cream for topping. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep it simple and seasonal in the kitchen during summer," 7 June 2018 In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, millet seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "5 Ways to Feel Better Now, According to CAP Beauty’s New Book," 2 Apr. 2018 Serve warm, topped with the toasted coconut flakes, if desired. Julia Turshen, sacbee, "There’s a payoff for patience | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Feb. 2018 According to the Disney Food Blog, the elephant poop is made to look poop-y with peanut butter fudge, sweet rolled oats, and yellow coconut flakes. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Disney World Is Now Selling Animal Poop for Dessert," 26 June 2015 Vargas warns that mineral oil is a chronic offender, and Dr. Tanzi adds that olive oil and the oil du jour, coconut, easily clog pores, too. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of coconut

1516, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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, -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 \

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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