coquilla nut

coquilla nut

[ko-keel-yuh, -kee-yuh]
noun
the elongated oval fruit or nut of a South American palm, Attalea funifera, having a very hard brown shell used in turnery.

Origin:
1850–55; < Portuguese coquilho, diminutive of côco coco

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coquilla nut (kɒˈkiːljə)
 
n
See also cohune the nut of a South American palm tree, Attalea funifera, having a hard brown shell used for carving
 
[C19: from Portuguese coquilho, diminutive of côco coconut; see coco]

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