Definition of coir in English:



mass noun
  • Fibre from the outer husk of the coconut, used in potting compost and for making ropes and matting.

    • ‘It's surprising that coir, the fibre extracted from the outer covering of the common coconut, could turn out to be such a valuable moneymaker.’
    • ‘The focus of the workshop would be on innovative uses of coir and coir blends as part of lifestyle interiors and also on ‘providing an exposure to international trends’.’
    • ‘Instead of peat, some growers are starting to use coir (fibers from coconut) as a potting mix component.’
    • ‘Some even of these - like jute, sisal, coir, and kapok - only began to be imported into Britain from the nineteenth century onwards.’
    • ‘Products from coir, coconut shells, sisal, jute and a variety of other items can be put to good use, he feels.’
    • ‘Oxfam's Matara team has also helped workers previously employed in the coir (coconut fibre) and lace industries.’
    • ‘Also, a discussion of some of the newer organic materials included in plant media, e.g. coconut coir and compost, would be appropriate.’
    • ‘The timbers are jungle jackfruit, the lashings are coir rope, the walls are bamboo matting and roofs are local thatch.’
    • ‘The snail's protective coloration and small size make it hard to find in soil substitutes - bark, peat moss, cinder, or pieces of coconut husk, called coir - used to fill greenhouse pots.’
    • ‘Women in the atolls generally are employed only in domestic or selected duties within the family, such as tending crops and producing general handicraft items such as coir rope and woven coconut palm leaves for domestic use.’
    • ‘The husk, which contains useful fibre, known as coir, is not discarded but is set aside to produce, for example, coconut matting.’
    • ‘More than 50 women are being trained in handicrafts using coir and plantain fibre.’
    • ‘Standard potting mixes made up of finely milled bark chips can altered to a specific plant's special needs by mixing them with other potting compost ingredients such as vermiculite, perlite, coir fibre or leaf mould.’
    • ‘The compost, including the addition of coir (fibre taken from coconut husk) can then be used to replace the peat normally used in a garden.’
    • ‘Somewhere in between, a group of three old women in traditional attire - with big earrings - make coir from coconut husk using rusted machines.’
    • ‘But now, Sabu often works in the same place with simple materials such as plaster of Paris, coir fibre and gunny cloth, things that charm him forever.’
    • ‘All he had to do was paint the face white, stick bits of coir from a coconut for ears and a red beak-like nose of colour paper and presto!’
    • ‘Other alternatives include carpets with natural fibres such as coir or rush matting, and natural flooring, as long as the woods used are free from chemical treatments.’
    • ‘Elegance and durability are even now the factors that stand in favour of coir products and coir has climbed high to occupy the pride of place in every interior decorator's purchase list.’
    • ‘The EPCH also plans to include a complete product group of floor coverings made of natural fibres including coir, jute, cotton, silk and wool.’


Late 16th century: from Malayalam kayaṟu ‘cord, coir’.