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[koh-kuh-nuht, -nuh t] /ˈkoʊ kəˌnʌt, -nət/
the large, hard-shelled seed of the coconut palm, lined with a white edible meat, and containing a milky liquid.
the meat of the coconut, often shredded and used in cooking, as a flavoring, and as a dessert topping.
Origin of coconut
1605-15; coco + nut Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for coconut
  • Of course, the coconut shell-lacking could not survive the long fall from a conventional tree.
  • It is about the size of a coconut, with a slight snout and a thick brow visoring its stony sockets.
  • Similarly sunflower oil industry gets manufactured research against groundnut and coconut oils.
  • Even worse, the main source of income for these villagers came from coconut plantations, were were almost entirely washed away.
  • Best with mango sliced on it, with coconut milk and crushed peanuts sprinkled over it.
  • Others go with chicken, either roasted and stuffed with coconut-flavored rice or in a stew.
  • They use a lot of coconut milk, curry leaves, and mustard seeds.
  • The sweet mandarin and peach flavors of the wine echo the sweetness of the coconut milk in the sauce.
  • The plantation-grown coconut palm is relatively inexpensive and hardwearing.
  • Rich, unsweetened milk extracted from grated coconut, mixed with water.
British Dictionary definitions for coconut


the fruit of the coconut palm, consisting of a thick fibrous oval husk inside which is a thin hard shell enclosing edible white meat. The hollow centre is filled with a milky fluid (coconut milk)
  1. the meat of the coconut, often shredded and used in cakes, curries, etc
  2. (as modifier): coconut cake
(slang, derogatory) a black or Asian person who conforms to white culture at the expense of his or her ancestral culture, the idea being that, like a coconut, he or she is dark on the outside and white on the inside
Word Origin
C18: see coco
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coconut

1610s, from coco + nut. Meaning "the head" is slang from 1834.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for coconut


  1. The head (1834+)
  2. One dollar: the whole hundred thousand coconuts (1920s+)
  3. A Hispanic person who truckles to or imitates the values of the non-Hispanic majority; Tio Taco: Maldonado ridicules him for selling out, for being a coconut, brown on the outside, white on the inside (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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