co·​pra ˈkō-prə How to pronounce copra (audio)
 also  ˈkä-
: dried coconut meat yielding coconut oil

Examples of copra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coconut oil for your skin and what to know Coconut oil is the oil pressed from fresh or dried (copra) coconut meat − the white part of the fruit. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 7 July 2023 In Bamford’s story, the prisoners were farming valuable copra, or coconut, used as cooking oil. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 15 Feb. 2023 The copra business imploded in the second half of the 20th century, but its legacy still defines the town. Tom Downey, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 Animals that could not be easily poisoned or shot were lured with meat into a copra-drying shed and then gassed with motor-vehicle exhaust. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 Captain Olson told this story at the Hotel Argonaut: Smoke, which oozed through the hatches, betrayed a smoldering fire in the copra. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 June 2018 Besides its exceptional beaches, there’s charming L'Union estate where visitors can discover some of the traditional local industries of the past such as vanilla farming, as well as witnessing the production of copra and coconut oil. Condé Nast Traveler, 1 June 2018 See More

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Word History


Portuguese, from Malayalam koppara

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of copra was in 1584

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“Copra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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co·​pra ˈkō-prə How to pronounce copra (audio)
: dried coconut meat

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