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[kop-ruh, koh-pruh] /ˈkɒp rə, ˈkoʊ prə/
the dried kernel or meat of the coconut from which coconut oil is expressed.
Also, copperah.
Origin of copra
1575-85; < Portuguese < Malayalam koppara < Hindi khoprā coconut Unabridged
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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


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

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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