Definition of copra in English:



mass noun
  • Dried coconut kernels, from which oil is obtained.

    • ‘They promised farmers higher prices for sugar and copra and cocoa.’
    • ‘It is made from copra, or dried coconut meat, then treated to remove impurities.’
    • ‘After months of negotiations they agreed to unload their cargo of copra and the ship owners promised they would be paid in full and repatriated to their homelands.’
    • ‘Worried over the continuous slump in the coconut kernel price, coconut growers in this region have urged the State Government to resume the procurement of copra immediately.’
    • ‘He acquired several small vessels during this period which he used to visit his stations and bring his copra to Hong Kong.’
    • ‘The exports are copra, fungus and straw hats, which the women plait very cleverly.’
    • ‘The principal sources of revenue come from sales of copra, postage stamps, souvenir coins, and handicrafts.’
    • ‘By the 1850s, copra, the dried meat of the coconut, could be refined to produce good quality, comparatively cheap sources of vegetable oil for use in the soap and cosmetic industries.’
    • ‘Through most of the twentieth century, copra production was the only major source of income in rural villages and the money from copra was controlled by men.’
    • ‘While support price for copra went up 15 per cent between 1998-99 and now, fisheries exports have jumped 56 per cent.’
    • ‘While the plantation produces copra for the world market, workers have successfully prevented any product from leaving the island for 12 months.’
    • ‘The low prices for copra meant that this activity had declined significantly in the years preceding the discovery of gold.’
    • ‘The meat of the coconut, copra, is used in a very large number of Filipino recipes.’
    • ‘She was raised in a large two-story house that had a grocery store and a scale for weighing rice and copra and was shared with relatives.’
    • ‘The 680-ton ferry was carrying 243 passengers, 41 crew members, 14 vehicles and sacks of dried copra when the fire broke out.’
    • ‘The products of the island are maize, copra, rice, sugar, and valuable timber.’
    • ‘Besides the raw materials already mentioned, the area produced rubber, copra, nickel, timber, quinine, and important foodstuffs such as sugar, rice, tea, and coffee.’
    • ‘Since the 19th century, Mafia islanders have depended upon copra, or dried coconut, as their primary export to world markets.’
    • ‘They have a fallback in subsistence production and other cash crops, such as cocoa and copra.’
    • ‘The organisation, formed by the State Government in 1987, is engaged in procuring coconuts and copra and processing them.’


Late 16th century: via Portuguese and Spanish from Malayalam koppara ‘coconut’.