Definition of coco de mer in English:

coco de mer

noun

  • 1A tall palm tree native to the Seychelles.

    Lodoicea maldivica, family Palmae

    Also called double coconut
    • ‘As we weave among almond trees and coco de mers, our driver tells us that some guests never leave their cottages.’
    • ‘The huge seed of the coco de mer is unique to the Seychelles islands in the western Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘The so-called coco de mer, or ‘double coconut’, is not a true coconut, and is described separately.’
    1. 1.1 The immense nut of the coco de mer tree, which is encased in a hard woody shell and is the largest known seed.
      • ‘She says that she recognised the spiritual and sexual significance of the coco de mer nut, which is seen as a potent and particularly feminine symbol of fertility.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from French coco-de-mer, literally ‘coco from the sea’ (because the tree was first known from nuts found floating in the sea).

Pronunciation

coco de mer

/ˌkəʊkəʊdəˈmɛː/