coquilla nut

noun

co·​quil·​la nut
kəˈkiləˌ-,
kōˈkē(l)yəˌ-
: the nut of a piassava palm (Attalea funifera) of Brazil having a hard hazel-brown shell much used like vegetable ivory by turners

Word History

Etymology

modification of Portuguese coquilho, diminutive of côco coconut

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“Coquilla nut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coquilla%20nut. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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