Definition of coconut in English:

coconut

noun

  • 1The large oval brown seed of a tropical palm, consisting of a hard woody husk surrounded by fibre, lined with edible white flesh and containing a clear liquid.

    as modifier ‘coconut shells’
    mass noun ‘gardens produced vegetables, coconut, and pineapples’
    • ‘Handicrafts made of screw pine, banana fibre, palm leaf fibre, coconut husk, bamboo and white wood are among other things on display.’
    • ‘They husked the coconuts by using their teeth and they ate wongai fruit.’
    • ‘According to the journal, the hard shell of the coconut is an ideal raw material for craftsmen, since it can be carved, lacquer-coated and inlaid with silver or other metals.’
    • ‘When I finally reached the first step, I threw the coconut down hard.’
    • ‘Unripe coconuts provided nourishing liquid for journeys when no fresh water was available.’
    • ‘The fruit of the coconut tree includes the buoyant husk surrounding the coconut, which helps the seeds float downstream and spread the tree's offspring far and wide.’
    • ‘Her cooking is fragrant with the flesh and juice of the coconuts that line the state's highways, side roads and beaches.’
    • ‘This territory has lush green hills, azure blue skies and spectacular beaches where the loudest noise you will hear is the sound of a coconut dropping to soft white sands.’
    • ‘These layers surround the hard dark-brown shell, encasing the coconut seed.’
    • ‘Other export crops include pineapples, oil palm, coconuts, timber, latex, and sugar.’
    • ‘He carried his belongings and took yams, taro, breadfruit, coconuts, almonds and island apples.’
    • ‘Those without jobs husked coconuts and sold them like soda.’
    • ‘The nest was built of plant stems, maybe grass, and was more or less the size and shape of a coconut (with husk).’
    • ‘Water-dispersed seeds, such as coconuts, are buoyant.’
    • ‘Also, the dried husk of the coconut is sometimes used as a brush to put a glimmering shine on wooden or ceramic floors.’
    • ‘Coir is the outside layer of husk that surrounds the shell of the coconut.’
    • ‘This oil is the partially solid fat obtained from the flesh of coconuts.’
    • ‘People carry home with them the harvest of the season, such as sugarcane, groundnuts, coconuts, sesame and jaggery.’
    • ‘This may require some effort because of the coconut's hard outer shell.’
    • ‘He could completely clear the husk of a coconut in 34 seconds flat.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The flesh of a coconut, often used as food.
      ‘desiccated coconut’
      as modifier ‘coconut ice cream’
      • ‘Sprinkle the rest of the coconut on the white chocolate.’
      • ‘To wind up, there are desserts with coconut cream and bananas dominating.’
      • ‘For the coconut and sesame seed crisps: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, combine butter and sugar and beat until fluffy.’
      • ‘More daring is the Japanese Juggler, which has white rum with chopped pineapple, orange, pineapple, and grape juice with coconut cream.’
      • ‘I didn't have time for lunch, but I grabbed a cake that had banana, chocolate and coconut.’
      • ‘This is a traditional home-made English confection made from grated coconut mixed with sugar syrup cooked to the thread stage.’
      • ‘Have a slice of coconut cream pie in celebration!’
      • ‘The first of our starters was chicken satay marinated in spices and coconut cream, served with peanut sauce.’
      • ‘Let us show you a few of the ways we use coconut for food in Jamaica.’
      • ‘Deep-fry fritters for about two minutes, until the coconut coating is golden brown.’
      • ‘Mix the shredded tuna meat with the raw vegetables and add the steamed shredded coconut, lime juice and salt.’
      • ‘I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that banana and coconut is the classic dessert combination for the decade.’
      • ‘There was no meat, no chicken, just vegetarian ingredients like tomatoes and coconut and mango.’
      • ‘The local meals are mostly prepared from rice, cassava root, potatoes and tasty coconut curries, which are delicious but fattening.’
      • ‘In a mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, coconut, honey and juice.’
      • ‘I also had the Lamingtons for dessert, sponge cake squares dipped in chocolate and covered in coconut and served with cream.’
      • ‘The strawberry curry and coconut soup scores points by using fruit to control the fire that a curry can sometimes spark.’
      • ‘Place the sugar, almonds and coconut in a food processor, whizz briefly and then add the butter.’
      • ‘Save room for the warm chocolate pudding with coconut panda ice cream.’
      • ‘There's a cornucopia of cakery in here: cheesecake, coconut cake, and - above all else - Jamaican Ginger Cake.’
  • 2The tall palm tree that yields the coconut, which has become naturalized throughout the tropics. The tree is also a source of copra, coir, and other products.

    ‘warm tropical breezes, coconut trees, and magnificent beaches’
    as modifier ‘coconut plantations’
    • ‘When the car came to a stop I stepped out into a clearing, lush with tropical foliage, coconuts and palms and swaying mango trees.’
    • ‘I lay in the bed with my eyes still closed but my mind was awake listening to the sound of the breeze blowing through the leaves of the coconut tree near my room window.’
    • ‘Can you tell me how to grow a coconut palm tree from the fruit?’
    • ‘Recent legislation has prevented tourist exploitation of this tropical paradise and no buildings taller than a coconut palm will in future receive planning permission.’
    • ‘They cleared it and planted coconuts and other crops.’

Pronunciation

coconut

/ˈkəʊkənʌt/