Definition of coir in US English:



  • Fiber from the outer husk of the coconut, used for making ropes and matting.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than 50 women are being trained in handicrafts using coir and plantain fibre.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Also, a discussion of some of the newer organic materials included in plant media, e.g. coconut coir and compost, would be appropriate.’
    • ‘Some even of these - like jute, sisal, coir, and kapok - only began to be imported into Britain from the nineteenth century onwards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The EPCH also plans to include a complete product group of floor coverings made of natural fibres including coir, jute, cotton, silk and wool.’
    • ‘Oxfam's Matara team has also helped workers previously employed in the coir (coconut fibre) and lace industries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The timbers are jungle jackfruit, the lashings are coir rope, the walls are bamboo matting and roofs are local thatch.’
    • ‘Somewhere in between, a group of three old women in traditional attire - with big earrings - make coir from coconut husk using rusted machines.’
    • ‘Products from coir, coconut shells, sisal, jute and a variety of other items can be put to good use, he feels.’
    • ‘The husk, which contains useful fibre, known as coir, is not discarded but is set aside to produce, for example, coconut 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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Instead of peat, some growers are starting to use coir (fibers from coconut) as a potting mix component.’


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