Definition of coconut in English:

coconut

(also cocoanut)

noun

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

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They cleared it and planted coconuts and other crops.’
    • ‘Can you tell me how to grow a coconut palm tree from the fruit?’
    • ‘When the car came to a stop I stepped out into a clearing, lush with tropical foliage, coconuts and palms and swaying mango trees.’
    • ‘Recent legislation has prevented tourist exploitation of this tropical paradise and no buildings taller than a coconut palm will in future receive planning permission.’

Pronunciation

coconut

/ˈkōkəˌnət//ˈkoʊkəˌnət/