cohune oil

cohune oil

noun
semisolid fat from nuts of the cohune palm; used in cooking and soap making [syn: cohune-nut oil
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cohune oil

oil obtained from the kernels of the fruits, or nuts, of the cohune palm tree, Attalea cohune. The tree grows in western Central America from the Yucatan Peninsula to Honduras. The oil's properties, similar to those of coconut oil, have given it increasing importance. Because the nuts are unusually hard and difficult to crack and their collection and transportation present problems, commercial oil recovery has been relatively undeveloped.

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