coconut

[koh-kuh-nuht, -nuht]
noun
1.
the large, hard-shelled seed of the coconut palm, lined with a white edible meat, and containing a milky liquid.
2.
the meat of the coconut, often shredded and used in cooking, as a flavoring, and as a dessert topping.
Also, cocoanut.


Origin:
1605–15; coco + nut

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coconut or cocoanut (ˈkəʊkəˌnʌt)
 
n
1.  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)
2.  a.  the meat of the coconut, often shredded and used in cakes, curries, etc
 b.  (as modifier): coconut cake
3.  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
 
[C18: see coco]
 
cocoanut or cocoanut
 
n
 
[C18: see coco]

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Word Origin & History

coconut
1613, from Sp./Port. coco "grinning face," on resemblance of the three holes at the base of the shell to a human face.
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