Definition of copra in English:

copra

noun

  • Dried coconut kernels, from which oil is obtained.

    • ‘They have a fallback in subsistence production and other cash crops, such as cocoa and copra.’
    • ‘While the plantation produces copra for the world market, workers have successfully prevented any product from leaving the island for 12 months.’
    • ‘While support price for copra went up 15 per cent between 1998-99 and now, fisheries exports have jumped 56 per cent.’
    • ‘The products of the island are maize, copra, rice, sugar, and valuable timber.’
    • ‘The organisation, formed by the State Government in 1987, is engaged in procuring coconuts and copra and processing them.’
    • ‘Since the 19th century, Mafia islanders have depended upon copra, or dried coconut, as their primary export to world markets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is made from copra, or dried coconut meat, then treated to remove impurities.’
    • ‘The low prices for copra meant that this activity had declined significantly in the years preceding the discovery of gold.’
    • ‘The 680-ton ferry was carrying 243 passengers, 41 crew members, 14 vehicles and sacks of dried copra when the fire broke out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The exports are copra, fungus and straw hats, which the women plait very cleverly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He acquired several small vessels during this period which he used to visit his stations and bring his copra to Hong Kong.’
    • ‘The meat of the coconut, copra, is used in a very large number of Filipino recipes.’
    • ‘They promised farmers higher prices for sugar and copra and cocoa.’
    • ‘Besides the raw materials already mentioned, the area produced rubber, copra, nickel, timber, quinine, and important foodstuffs such as sugar, rice, tea, and coffee.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

copra

/ˈkäprə//ˈkɑprə/