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.

    • ‘Unripe coconuts provided nourishing liquid for journeys when no fresh water was available.’
    • ‘Her cooking is fragrant with the flesh and juice of the coconuts that line the state's highways, side roads and beaches.’
    • ‘These layers surround the hard dark-brown shell, encasing the coconut seed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He could completely clear the husk of a coconut in 34 seconds flat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Coir is the outside layer of husk that surrounds the shell of the coconut.’
    • ‘They husked the coconuts by using their teeth and they ate wongai fruit.’
    • ‘Other export crops include pineapples, oil palm, coconuts, timber, latex, and sugar.’
    • ‘This may require some effort because of the coconut's hard outer shell.’
    • ‘Water-dispersed seeds, such as coconuts, are buoyant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This oil is the partially solid fat obtained from the flesh of coconuts.’
    • ‘Also, the dried husk of the coconut is sometimes used as a brush to put a glimmering shine on wooden or ceramic floors.’
    • ‘The nest was built of plant stems, maybe grass, and was more or less the size and shape of a coconut (with husk).’
    • ‘Handicrafts made of screw pine, banana fibre, palm leaf fibre, coconut husk, bamboo and white wood are among other things on display.’
    • ‘He carried his belongings and took yams, taro, breadfruit, coconuts, almonds and island apples.’
    • ‘People carry home with them the harvest of the season, such as sugarcane, groundnuts, coconuts, sesame and jaggery.’
    • ‘When I finally reached the first step, I threw the coconut down hard.’
    • ‘Those without jobs husked coconuts and sold them like soda.’
    1. 1.1The flesh of a coconut, especially when used as food.
      • ‘In a mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, coconut, honey and juice.’
      • ‘Mix the shredded tuna meat with the raw vegetables and add the steamed shredded coconut, lime juice and salt.’
      • ‘Place the sugar, almonds and coconut in a food processor, whizz briefly and then add the butter.’
      • ‘Have a slice of coconut cream pie in celebration!’
      • ‘To wind up, there are desserts with coconut cream and bananas dominating.’
      • ‘There was no meat, no chicken, just vegetarian ingredients like tomatoes and coconut and mango.’
      • ‘I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that banana and coconut is the classic dessert combination for the decade.’
      • ‘Sprinkle the rest of the coconut on the white chocolate.’
      • ‘There's a cornucopia of cakery in here: cheesecake, coconut cake, and - above all else - Jamaican Ginger Cake.’
      • ‘I didn't have time for lunch, but I grabbed a cake that had banana, chocolate and coconut.’
      • ‘Deep-fry fritters for about two minutes, until the coconut coating is golden brown.’
      • ‘This is a traditional home-made English confection made from grated coconut mixed with sugar syrup cooked to the thread stage.’
      • ‘Let us show you a few of the ways we use coconut for food in Jamaica.’
      • ‘I also had the Lamingtons for dessert, sponge cake squares dipped in chocolate and covered in coconut and served with cream.’
      • ‘More daring is the Japanese Juggler, which has white rum with chopped pineapple, orange, pineapple, and grape juice with coconut 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 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.’
      • ‘The local meals are mostly prepared from rice, cassava root, potatoes and tasty coconut curries, which are delicious but fattening.’
      • ‘The first of our starters was chicken satay marinated in spices and coconut cream, served with peanut sauce.’
  • 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.

    • ‘They cleared it and planted coconuts and other crops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Can you tell me how to grow a coconut palm tree from the fruit?’

Pronunciation:

coconut

/ˈkōkəˌnət/