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copra

[kop-ruh, koh-pruh] /ˈkɒp rə, ˈkoʊ prə/
noun
1.
the dried kernel or meat of the coconut from which coconut oil is expressed.
Also, copperah.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Portuguese < Malayalam koppara < Hindi khoprā coconut
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Examples from the web for copra
  • Guests stay either in the century-old main house or in a guest cottage converted from a copra house.
  • copra cake is the byproduct of pressing copra in an expeller, while copra meal is the residual after solvent extraction.
  • The leading export is the coconut product, copra, which accounts for about two-thirds of export revenue.
  • Most of the copra was consumed as food, leaving a smaller amount for the crushing sector.
  • The majority of the island's inhabitants work on coconut plantations and in copra production.
  • Small-scale industry is limited to handicrafts, tuna processing, and copra.
  • copra, dried coconut meat, is the only cash crop but output is relatively insignificant.
British Dictionary definitions for copra

copra

/ˈkɒprə/
noun
1.
the dried, oil-yielding kernel of the coconut
Word Origin
C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam koppara, probably from Hindi khoprā coconut
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Word Origin and History for copra
n.

dried kernel of coconut, 1580s, from Portuguese copra (16c.), from Malayalam koppara (cognate with Hindi khopra) "coconut;" related to Hindi khopri "skull," from Sanskrit kharparah "skull."

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Encyclopedia Article for copra

dried sections of the meat of the coconut, the kernel of the fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). Copra is valued for the coconut oil extracted from it and for the resulting residue, coconut-oil cake, which is used mostly for livestock feed

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